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

 
 
How and where is the demand for international preliminary examination to be filed?
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The demand for international preliminary examination must be made using the prescribed form (PCT/IPEA/401 - see Annex IX), copies of which are available free of charge from all receiving Offices, the IB and the EPO. The form may also be downloaded from the WIPO website[ 25 ].
WIPO PCT Guide 10.012 
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The demand and any further document relating to the Chapter II procedure (e.g. amendments and/or arguments filed under Article 34 PCT) must be submitted to the EPO as IPEA and not to the receiving Office or the IB. The EPO as IPEA will indicate the date of receipt on the demand and promptly notify the applicant of that date.
WIPO PCT Guide 10.006 
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The demand may be filed with the EPO as IPEA direct, by post or by fax (see points 66-77). It cannot yet be filed in electronic form; but the possibility of filing it electronically is expected to become available during the first half of 2014. As soon as electronic filing of the demand becomes available, a notice will be published in all relevant sources of information (see points 11 ff).
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If the demand is filed by fax, no written confirmation needs to be filed unless the applicant is invited by the EPO as IPEA to do so (see point 77).
OJ 2007, Spec.Ed.3, A.3 (Art. 3 and 7 of the Decision)
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The EPO filing offices are located in the Central European Time (CET) zone (see Annex V).