L.3 The EPO as International Searching Authority
Notice from the European Patent Office dated 17 April 2014 concerning the online filing of subsequently filed documents under the PCT
By decision dated 26 February 2009 (OJ EPO 2009, 182), the President of the European Patent Office authorised the filing in electronic form of documents relating to the international application under Rule 89bis.2 PCT.
Pursuant to that decision, and in particular regarding its Article 2, as from 22 April 2014, documents relating to the international application under Rule 89bis.2 PCT may be filed online via the PCT-SFD plug-in in the EPO Online Filing software. The payment of fees related to these documents may be indicated via the PCT-SFD plug-in.
This notice does not apply to priority documents, unless they have been digitally signed by the issuing authority and the signature is accepted by the European Patent Office, or to the demand under PCT Chapter II.
More information on this new service is available under: www.epo.org/applying/online-services/online-filing/documentation.html.