https://www.epo.org/en/node/epo-offices-closed-23-december-2023-1-january-2024

EPO offices closed from 23 December 2023 to 1 January 2024

Our offices will be closed over the holiday period from 23 December 2023 to 1 January 2024 inclusive. They will open again on 2 January 2024. Our customer support will be available during business hours throughout the closure period.

This means that, in accordance with Rule 134(1) EPC, all time limits for filing documents and making payments that expire between 23 December 2023 and 1 January 2024 will be extended until 2 January 2024. For PCT procedures this applies mutatis mutandis in accordance with Rule 80.5 PCT.

Users can nevertheless continue to submit documents to the EPO during this period, preferably via MyEPO services. The automated mailboxes (located at Munich's PschorrHöfe building and in Berlin) will also be unaffected by this closure and can be used at any time. Outside office hours, documents may be handed to the porter at any of the EPO filing offices. Our customer support will be available during business hours throughout the closure period.