Online filing (CMS)

Decommissioning of EPO's filing service CMS with effect from 1 January 2022 

CMS will be replaced by Online Filing 2.0. with effect from 1 January 2022. 

Online Filing 2.0 incorporates and improves the features of CMS, covers all procedures before the EPO, including procedures before the Boards of Appeal, and offers a more user-friendly interface.  

CMS will continue to run in parallel to Online Filing 2.0 during a transitional period expiring on 31 December 2021, after which CMS will cease to be available.  

Users are encouraged to start using Online Filing 2.0 as soon as possible, and to make it part of their daily routine. Smart cards registered for CMS have been automatically registered for Online Filing 2.0 since 1 April 2021.  

Users with data stored in CMS will need to transfer data they wish to avail themselves of in Online Filing 2.0 before the end of the transitional period on 31 December 2021. As of 1 January 2022, data stored in CMS will no longer be accessible. Straightforward export and import functions make it easy to transfer the address book, draft submissions and submission templates stored in CMS to Online Filing 2.0. Users should note, however, that while CMS supports the export of submitted submissions, including submission packages and receipts, Online Filing 2.0 does not permit the import of such data.  

Additional information on the practical aspects of registration and rights administration for Online Filing 2.0 and data migration is available under dedicated FAQ's.

The online filing (CMS) application is now available for filing EP Form 1001 (EP direct), EP Form 1200 (Euro-PCT), PCT/RO/101 and EP Form 1038 (subsequent actions for all EP and PCT procedures, including PCT Chapter II demand, documents in respect of appeal proceedings and notice of opposition (PDF only)).

Accessible from most browsers, online filing (CMS) stores your data and documents on a secure network hosted by the EPO.

Because the application is web-based, there is no software to install -- except for the smart card software that allows you to log on in a secure environment. Your smart card must first be activated.

Direct access

Smart card access

If you have already registered to online filing (CMS) you can access it direct. Enter your activated smart card and press the button below.

Getting started with online filing (CMS)

The first time you log on, you will be prompted to read - and agree to - the terms and conditions of use for online filing (CMS).

See also the Decision of the President of the European Patent Office dated 11 March 2015 concerning the filing of documents using the EPO case management system (CMS).

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