3 July 2023
With the launch of MyEPO Portfolio in June 2022, the European
Patent Office (EPO) laid the foundations for a modern and secure online patent
granting procedure (PGP). The platform does not simply translate the paper-based
procedure into a paperless process but takes advantage of new digital technologies
to establish a more interactive and user-friendly dialogue. Since its launch, we
have continually added new features and services to MyEPO Portfolio, and two
thirds of our online users already benefit from improved access to their
Today, we are announcing
the completion of the second pilot and the release of pilot features to all
users. This latest release includes new features and services that provide
easier information exchange, simplified workflows, and more direct interaction
with the EPO.
These have been
trialled and developed in close collaboration with a pilot group of around 135 companies
from our user community. We would like to thank these users for their time, effort
and input. Your feedback has taken us a step closer to a fully digital PGP.
The following features and services are now available
to all users:
with examiners through a shared area
have a personal shared area where you can upload, review, edit and annotate
documents together with examiners during a live consultation. This new feature
adds real-time interaction to our online services, greatly increasing quality,
transparency as well as efficiency.
You can use secure two-factor verification (2FA) methods to access
MyEPO Portfolio, Central Fee Payment and Online Filing 2.0. You no longer need a physical smart card to
access our services.
card access will be available until the end of 2024, enabling a smooth
transition before card decommissioning begins in January 2025.
If you are representing an
opponent, your opposition cases are available in your portfolio view.
Paralegals and other IP support
staff can send submissions, duly signed by a representative, and make payments
using their deposit account.
You may reply to the extended
European search report.
You may also reply to an invitation
about subject-matter for search.
These reply options join features
already implemented, namely the functionality to reply to a communication about
the intention to grant the European patent and reply to a communication under
Article 94(3) EPC.
communication during the PCT international phase
MyEPO Portfolio opens the door for international
agents and non-European applicants to benefit from our online services for the
first time, by receiving electronic PCT communications from the EPO acting as
(S)ISA or IPEA in the international phase.
with IP management systems
The first in a series of technical business-to-business
interfaces (APIs) has been released, designed to automate the exchange of data
between your IP management system and MyEPO. With this first API, you can download
communications we have sent to your EPO Mailbox.
Our new contingency upload service will enable you to submit your
urgent documents electronically should online filing be unavailable.
New MyEPO area on the
In parallel, we have made improvements to the MyEPO
Services area on our website. A review revealed the need to enhance user
experience by providing relevant information in a quick and user-friendly
manner. By keeping the information on the MyEPO Portfolio, Online Filing 2.0
and Central Payment fees applications in separated sections, we ensure that
users can easily access the necessary details related to these services.
The site now also includes dedicated sections for
training, release notes, the latest updates and contact details. This gives
users access to up-to-date and comprehensive information, while making it easy to
request assistance if needed.
you have feedback you wish to share with us?
Send your feedback by writing
to our user services.