Extension of periods expiring on 15 August 2018
In Bavaria, where the Munich filing offices are located, 15 August 2018 (Assumption Day) is a public holiday.
The EPO filing offices in Munich, Berlin and The Hague will be open on 15 August 2018 As this day is a public holiday in Munich, no mail will be delivered there, since local postal service providers will not be operating. Users are therefore informed that under Rule 134 EPC there will be an extension of periods expiring on 15 August 2018.
Although postal delivery will not take place on that day, documents can still be filed in electronic form, by fax, or by delivery by hand at the Munich EPO premises or in the automated mailbox.
Fee payments can be made via a deposit account held with the EPO as outlined in the Arrangements for deposit accounts. Attention is drawn to the possibility of submitting debit orders with a deferred execution date. Fees can also be paid by credit card. For payments made by bank transfer, please refer to Article 7(3) RFees.
Oral proceedings scheduled for the above day will take place as usual.
- List of days in 2018 on which EPO filing offices and national patent authorities of the EPC contracting states are closed, OJ EPO 2018, A6
-  Decision of the President of the European Patent Office dated 3 January 2017 designating the EPO's filing offices, OJ EPO 2017, A11
-  Supplementary publication 5, OJ EPO 2017
-  See OJ EPO 2017, A72 and A73