Filing further documents
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After an international application has been filed other documents may be filed in any proceedings before the EPO online or direct, by post or by fax at the EPO filing offices. Since 1 November 2016, the ePCT service may also be used for filing subsequently filed documents online with the EPO. However, the filing of priority documents issued in paper form which have to be certified by the issuing authority should also be submitted to the EPO in that form to ensure the validity of the certification. For that reason, they may not be filed by fax or via the EPO new online filing – case management system (CMS). On the other hand, priority documents issued in electronic form are accepted only if they are digitally signed by the issuing authority and if that signature is also accepted by the EPO web-form filing service is excluded, as is. The filing of authorisations by fax and via the EPO web-form filing service. Priority documents filed subsequently via EPO Online Filing must be digitally signed by the issuing authority is excluded.
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 NoThere is no obligation to file a confirmation copy of a further document must be filed, but the receiving Office may require a confirmation copyone to be submitted (see point 71), which itand will do so in particular if the applicant has submitted substitute sheets under Rule 26 PCT and/or any sheets to be incorporated by reference under Rule 20.6 PCT. In these two cases the applicant is advised to submit a confirmation copy on his own initiative directly after sending the sheets concerned by fax.

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