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Guidelines for Examination

 
 
1.4
Filing of applications by other means 

As of 1 January 2003 European patent applications may no longer be filed with the EPO on diskette accompanied by a paper version prepared by means of the EP-EASY software (see the Notice from the EPO dated 1 October 2002, OJ EPO 2002, 515). This applies also to the filing of European patent applications with the filing offices of Belgium (BE), Finland (FI), France (FR), Sweden (SE), Switzerland (CH) and the United Kingdom (GB).

The filing of European patent applications by other means such as e-mail is at present not allowed (see also the Notice dated 12 September 2000, OJ EPO 2000, 458).