Improving the EPO's online services

Improving and enhancing IT systems

The EPO has undertaken a radical business process reengineering effort with a view to identifying how the work of the Office can be made more efficient and how investments in IT can be used to ensure that:

  • - Developments offer real efficiency gains for applicants in their dealings with the EPO.
  • - The Office is fit for the future and adaptable to any changes that might occur.
  • - Developments are designed to be interoperable, so they can be made available to the member states at a later date.

Our ultimate aim is to achieve the full electronic processing of European patent applications, from filing through to opposition and appeal.


Important dates and decisions

The pilot scheme for the filing of documents in proceedings under the EPC by e‑mail for selected test users is discontinued with effect from 2 October 2014.


The President's decision concerning the pilot project to introduce new technical means of communication in EPO proceedings will enter into force. It will establish the legal framework for progressive implementation of the IT Roadmap. 

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