EPO offices closed from 24 December 2021 to 2 January 2022

Please note that our offices will be closed over the holiday period from Friday, 24 December 2021 to Sunday, 2 January 2022 inclusive. They will open again on Monday, 3 January 2022.  

This means that, in accordance with Rule 134(1) EPC, all time limits for filing documents and making payments that expire between 24 December 2021 and 2 January 2022 will be extended until 3 January 2022. For PCT procedures this applies mutatis mutandis in accordance with Rule 80.5 PCT. 

Notwithstanding the above, users can continue to submit documents to the EPO during this period via the EPO's online filing services (Online Filing, Online Filing 2.0, Web-Form Filing and, until 31 December 2021, CMS) or by fax. 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's filing offices (Munich, The Hague, Berlin). Our user services will continue to provide basic user support during business hours throughout the closure period.  

The EPO's CMS filing service will be decommissioned with effect from 1 January 2022 and will be replaced by Online Filing 2.0.  

All CMS users are urged to ensure that they are fully operational in Online Filing 2.0 well before the end of the year.  

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