The request for grant must be made on the appropriate EPO form (EPO Form 1001), even though the request (the indication that a patent is sought, referred to in A‑II, 4.1(i)) need initially be in no particular form. Paper versions of EPO Form 1001 are available to applicants free of charge from the EPO or competent national authorities with which applications may be filed. The form is furthermore available via the EPO website on the Internet and is also included in the software provided by the EPO for electronic filing (see A‑II, 1.3), which is obtainable free of charge (see: ).
Whenever a new version of the request for grant form is issued, attention is drawn to this fact in the Official Journal of the EPO. It is recommended always to use the latest version.