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July-August 2014 | No. 07-08/2014


Electronic Filing and Processing of International Applications

European Patent Office

The European Patent Office (EPO), in its capacity as International Preliminary Examining Authority, has notified the International Bureau that, with effect from 30 June 2014, it is prepared to receive and process the demand for international preliminary examination filed in electronic form via the EPO Online Filing software (eOLF), which now contains the “PCT-DEMAND” plug-in.

It is recalled that, on 22 April 2014, the EPO launched a new feature of the eOLF which allows users of eOLF to submit PCT-related subsequently-filed documents (with the exception of the demand) and related fee payments for all PCT procedures to the EPO in its capacity as receiving Office, International Searching Authority, Authority specified for supplementary search and International Preliminary Examining Authority (see PCT Newsletter No. 05/2014, page 2).

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