Filing options

There are a number of options for filing European patent applications with the European Patent Office.

Online

European patent applications can be filed online using either the EPO's Online Filing software, the new online filing (CMS) application or the web-form filing service.

By post, fax or hand

Applications for European patents can be filed by post, fax (excluding authorisations and priority documents) or hand at the EPO's headquarters in Munich, its branch in The Hague and its Berlin sub-office.

Site address and opening hours Postal address Fax number
Munich
(Isar building)

Bob-van-Benthem-Platz 1
(formerly Erhardtstrasse 27)
80469 Munich
Germany

Mon-Thurs: 08.00 - 16.45 hrs
Fri: 08.00 - 15.30 hrs
80298 Munich
Germany

Fax +49 (0)89 2399-4465
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mon-Sun:
00.00 - 24.00 hrs

Munich
(PschorrHöfe)

Bayerstrasse 34
(entrance via Zollstrasse 3)
80335 Munich
Germany

Mon-Thurs: 08.00 - 16.45 hrs
Fri: 08.00 - 15.30 hrs
80298 Munich
Germany

Fax +49 (0)89 2399-4465
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mon-Sun:
00.00 - 24.00 hrs
 
The Hague

Patentlaan 2
2288 EE Rijswijk
Netherlands

Mon-Fri: 08.00 - 18.00 hrs
Postbus 5818
2280 HV Rijswijk
Netherlands

Fax +31 (0)70 340-3016
 
 
 
 
Mon-Sun:
00.00 - 24.00 hrs
Berlin

Gitschiner Strasse 97
10969 Berlin
Germany
10958 Berlin
Germany

Fax +49 (0)30 25901-840



Mon-Sun:

00.00 - 24.00 hrs

Using a courier service

Should you be using a courier service to send documents to the EPO, please use one of the EPO's street addresses (first column above).

Via an automated mailbox

Automated mailboxes, which can be used at any time, are located in Munich (next to the EPO building in Zollstrasse) and Berlin (next to the entrance at Gitschiner Strasse 103). There is no automated mailbox in The Hague, but documents may be handed in to the porter at any time outside office hours.

It is not possible to file European patent applications or any other document with the EPO by e-mail, telegram, telex or teletext.

Filing with the national patent offices

European patent applications can also be filed with the central industrial property offices of participating contracting states.

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