To support the objective of offering customers the option to "draft once, file anywhere" (a global standard for e-filing) and to provide a sound basis for harmonisation and interoperability of online filing systems, the Online Filing software has been made available on sourceforge. Users are thereby guaranteed software continuity, independence and security, since the software is completely open. To ensure international uniformity and harmonisation, the EPO will form a release board with other interested parties as the USPTO and WIPO.