Filing options

There are a number of options for filing PCT applications with the European Patent Office.

Online

PCT applications can be filed online using the EPO's free Online Filing software. More information about Online Filing and the EPO's range of online services can be found at www.epoline.org.

By post, fax or by hand

PCT applications can be filed by post, fax (excluding authorisations and priority documents) or by hand at the EPO's headquarters in Munich, its branch in The Hague and its Berlin sub-office.

Site

Postal address

Building address

Opening hours

Fax number

Munich
(Isar building)

80298 Munich
Germany
Erhardtstrasse 27
80469 Munich
Germany
Mon-Thurs:
08.00 - 16.45 hrs
Fri:
08.00 - 15.30 hrs
+49 (0)89 2399-4465
Munich
(PschorrHöfe)
80298 Munich
Germany
Bayerstrasse 34
(entrance via Zollstrasse 3)
80335 Munich
Germany
Mon-Thurs:
08.00 - 16.45 hrs
Fri:
08.00 - 15.30 hrs
+49 (0)89 2399-4465
The Hague
Postbus 5818
2280 HV Rijswijk
Netherlands
Patentlaan 2
2288 EE Rijswijk
Netherlands
Mon-Fri:
08.00 - 18.00 hrs
+31 (0)70 340-3016
Berlin
10958 Berlin
Germany
Gitschiner Strasse 103
10969 Berlin
Germany
Mon-Thurs:
09.00 - 12.00 hrs and
13.00 - 15.00 hrs
Fri:
09.00 - 12.00 hrs
+49 (0)30 25901-840

Via automated mailbox

Automated mailboxes, which can be used at any time, are located in Munich (next to the EPO buildings in Kohlstrasse and Zollstrasse) and Berlin (next to the entrance to the EPO). There is no automated mailbox in The Hague, but documents may be handed in to the porter at any time outside office hours.

It is not possible to file PCT applications or any other document with the EPO by e-mail, telegram, telex or teletext.

Filing with the national patent offices

PCT applications can also be filed with the central industrial property offices of participating contracting states.

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