Online Filing

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.

Read more about decommissioning CMS

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.

Use the Online Filing software to file EP, Euro-PCT and PCT applications; submissions in opposition, appeal, limitation and revocation proceedings before the EPO; and subsequently filed documents for all EP proceedings. You can also use it to file applications and documents with participating national offices.

You can also use Online Filing 2.0, Online filing (CMS) or the Web-Form Filing.  See online filing options comparison table (PDF, 107 KB).

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