Our user service charter

User services built around you

We have set up a User Services helpdesk and Customer Relationship Management System to handle your queries on the following:

  • General enquiries regarding the EPO
  • The patent grant procedure under the EPC/PCT
  • Legal and procedural enquiries
  • Questions about communications and notices sent by the EPO
  • Online services (Online filing, Central Fee Payment, Mailbox)
  • Patent searches (Espacenet, European Patent Register)

Expect a commitment to quality

Excellence is a vital component of the services we offer which is why we strive to ensure that:

  • Your enquiry is always directed to the most appropriate expert
  • Communication is possible in any official language - English, French or German
  • You enjoy courteous, respectful and professional treatment at all times
  • Your feedback on how we can improve any aspect of our customer service is welcome
  • Your queries are always handled with the utmost confidentiality
  • There is on-going investment and improvement across all our communication channels

Choose from convenient contact options

There are a number of different ways to contact our User Services, all of which are summarised on the contact page of our website: 

Good is not good enough

We review our User Services every month to see how and where we can perform better.  To ensure total transparency in this regard, we publish our key performance measurements on our website every year. 

Give us your feedback

We value all feedback that could help us improve our communication or services. We invite you to share any input you may have by using the feedback form.

Less than satisfied?

If any of our services fall short of your expectations please let us know on the form provided at

Not making progress?

The Ombuds Office will help you to get things back on track if you have been unable to resolve matters to your satisfaction by going through the formal channels. Email us at

How can you help us?

Put our website to good use

Get the information you need at It's updated daily and offers extensive background information on the European patent system, our products and services, as well as legal texts.  Our FAQs cover all our customers' main areas of concern and they are constantly improved, based on user feedback. We encourage you to visit the following:

Make our systems work for you

In order to ensure that you receive a competent and timely response (and to monitor our service levels) we have set up Customer Relationship Management and a ticketing system. 

When submitting an enquiry you will automatically be asked to provide the necessary details required for ticketing. It only takes you a few minutes and this makes it possible for us to reliably track your request.

Whether contacting us via form or by phone, please describe your enquiry as precisely as possible so we can clearly identify the issue and address it to the most competent expert. 

Ensure legal validity of procedural requests

If you have a procedural request (e.g. filing of documents, payment instructions, and requests for time limit extensions), please note that it should be filed online or sent by post as contact forms and e-mails have no legal validity in proceedings under either the EPC or PCT. Read more at

Connect directly for non-patent related queries

If you need to be connected directly to a specific department for any non-patent related enquiry, then contact our switchboards directly: 

Munich:      +49 (0)89 2399-0

The Hague: +31 (0)70 340-2040

Berlin:        +49 (0)30 25901-0

Vienna:       +43 (0)1 52126-0

We commit to strive to answer 95% of all calls to our switchboards within 10 seconds. 

Participate in our surveys

With the support of independent research institutes, we run regular surveys to monitor customer satisfaction. We would very much appreciate your participation so we can discover how best to improve our services to you.