Documents submitted in proceedings before the EPO must be signed (Rule 41(2)(h), Rule 50(3) EPC). In both Online Filing and OLF 2.0, a text string signature may be used, that is to say a string of characters, preceded and followed by a forward slash (/), selected by the signatory to prove their identity and intent to sign. The use of a signature in the form of a text string signature is sufficient to meet the above-mentioned signature requirements. The fact that the smart card used to access OLF 2.0 or Online Filing bears the user's former name does not affect the validity of a text-string signature indicating the user's new name.
In principle, therefore, a discrepancy between the name in the text string signature and the name indicated as the holder of the smart card does not have any procedural consequences.