Online Filing 2.0 – call for pilot users

We are looking for volunteers who will actively participate in the pilot. We need your commitment and feedback to help us develop the tool further.

We will try to ensure a fair balance of pilot users in terms of their profile, company size, location and level of expertise. So, even if we do not contact you immediately, we will save your details and get back to you when we need your support.

If you were a pilot user in phase 1, you do not need to re-submit your registration.

Where does this project fit into the EPO's Strategic Plan 2023?

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.

What was phase 1 about?

Phase 1 of the Online Filing 2.0 pilot started in May 2020. It allowed users to file the following forms and application documents (see OJ EPO, A44):

  • 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).

What's new in phase 2?

Phase 2 is scheduled to start on 2 November 2020 (see announcement). On that date, the pilot's scope will be expanded to cover the following documents in PDF format:

  • subsequently filed documents under the EPC up to grant, including amendments, corrections and rectifications (attached to EP 1038)
  • documents in opposition, limitation and  revocation proceedings under the EPC (attached to EP 1038)
  • documents in appeal proceedings and proceedings before the Enlarged Board of Appeal under the EPC (attached to EP 1038)
  • the demand for preliminary examination in the international phase (PCT Demand), and
  • subsequently filed documents under the PCT, including amendments, corrections and rectifications of documents (PCT-SFD).

What else do I need to know?

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).

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