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Filing with the EPO as receiving Office 

Natural and legal persons who are nationals or residents of a PCT contracting state may file an international application with any of the following as receiving Office, provided that this option is available to them:

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the national office of that state 
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the office acting for that state 
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the International Bureau (IB)

Natural and legal persons who are nationals or residents of an EPC contracting state may file an international application with the EPO as receiving Office instead.

The national patent offices of Belgium, Monaco and San Marino have ceased to act as receiving Offices under the PCT and delegated this task to the EPO, which will thus act as receiving Office on their behalf for all international applications filed by applicants who are nationals or residents of, or have their principal place of business in, one of these states.

For more information on when the EPO is competent to act as receiving Office, see GL/PCT‑EPO A‑II, 2.

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