1.3.1
Where and how to file a divisional application? 

A divisional application must be filed by delivery by hand, by postal services or by fax with the EPO in Munich, The Hague or Berlin. It may also be filed using the EPO Online Filing software (see the Decision of the President of the EPO dated 5 February 2015, OJ EPO 2015,), the EPO case management system (see the Decision of the President of the EPO dated 11 March 2015, OJ EPO 2015, A27) or the EPO web-form filingWeb-Form Filing service (see the Decision of the President of the EPO dated 10 September 2014, OJ EPO 2014, A98A-II, 1.3).

The filing of a European divisional application with a national authority has no effect in law; the authority may however, as a service, forward the European divisional application to the EPO. If a competent national authority chooses to forward the application, it is not deemed received until the documents have reached the EPO.

The divisional application may be filed by reference to a previously filed application. The procedures are as provided for in Rule 40(1)(c), (2) and (3) (see A‑II, 4.1.3.1).

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