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Guide for applicants, Part 2: PCT procedure before the EPO (Euro-PCT Guide)

 
 
E-mail, telegram, telex and similar means
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An international application cannot be filed with the EPO by e-mail, telegram, telex or similar means. Applications so filed cannot be accorded a valid date of filing. For filing in electronic form see points 82 ff.
OJ 2000, 458
OJ 2007, Spec.Ed.3, A.3
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E-mail, telegram, telex and similar means have no legal force in the proceedings under the PCT and cannot be used validly to perform any procedural act. Therefore, no time limit for such act can be complied with by such means.