Webinar: Two-factor authentication for those who use ISA/EP

Do you use ISA/EP?  Do you use an EPO mailbox to receive ISR/WOs from ISA/EP?  Do you use an EPO smart card to log in at the mailbox?  Then you need to migrate from a smart card to a time-based one-time password form of two-factor authentication.  And you need to do it before the end of 2024.  One way to learn how to do this is by attending an EPO webinar that will take place soon. 

For those who use ISA/EP, it is important to know how to set up and use an EPO mailbox as the way to receive things such as International Search Reports and Written Opinions. When the EPO was first setting up this mailbox system, the only way for a user to authenticate himself or herself to the mailbox system was by means of an EPO smart card.

But EPO has gradually been trying to migrate its users away from the use of the EPO smart card, and over to the newer and more convenient TOTP (time-based one-time password) form of two-factor authentication (2FA). The key development is that EPO has picked an end-of-life time for the EPO smart cards, namely the end of 2024.

This means that any PCT enthusiast that has been using an EPO smart card to obtain ISR/WOs, and that has not yet gotten the TOTP 2FA set up, needs to do so.

EPO is now offering three webinars explaining how to migrate from EPO smart cards to TOTP 2FA.  Each webinar lasts two hours.  Here are the details and the registration links.

      • Introduction
      • Smart card decommissioning
      • Signing into MyEPO services:
        • OLF2.0
        • MyEPO Portfolio
        • Central Fee Payment
      • Signing into eOLF Client/ Online Filing Software
      • Best practices using your EPO account with 2FA
      • Q&A


    • English – Thursday, January 25, 2024 (10AM CET) – register here.
    • German – Tuesday, January 30, 2024 (10AM CET) – register here.
    • French – Thursday, February 1, 2024 (10AM CET) – register here.

Another way to learn about the migration from EPO smart card to TOTP 2FA is this EPO web page.

If you use ISA/EP and if you have not already set up a mailbox for receiving ISR/WOs, one way to learn how to do it is to visit this EPO web page.

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