Online Filing 2.0 pilot

Under Goal 2 of the Strategic Plan 2023 the EPO is working towards a digital transformation that will deliver new online tools to better address user needs. Key initiative 3, Develop a new online user engagement, includes the development of an improved electronic web-based filing tool called Online Filing 2.0.

A pilot for Online Filing 2.0 will start on 4 May 2020. The first phase of the pilot will run for at least three months, during which participating users will be invited to provide feedback. It will be limited in scope to the filing of the following forms and application documents:

  • request for grant - EP1001 (including application documents in PDF, DOCX, sequence listings in WIPO Standard ST.25, and other files in PDF)
  • request for entry into European phase - EP1200 with attachments (in PDF)
  • PCT request - PCT/RO/101 with attachments (in PDF, XML, including conversions from DOCX)

Any application documents filed in the context of the pilot will be regarded as procedural acts (see Articles 5, 6 and 7 of the Decision of the President of the EPO dated 11 March 2015, OJ EPO 2015, A28).

This first phase of the pilot will involve a limited number of participants. We will try to ensure a fair balance of users in terms of their profile, company size, location and level of expertise. Depending on the feedback received and improvements sought, a second phase with a greater number of participants will be scheduled at a later stage.

Sufficient number of registrations received for first phase of pilot project

We are delighted to announce that we have already reached the target number of registrations for the first phase of our Online Filing 2.0 pilot project. Many thanks to all those who have signed up!

We will be selecting additional users for the next phase in due course. So be sure to stay tuned!

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