ePHOENIX has been made available on SourceForge to pave the way for the system to become a world standard for IP document archiving. This will facilitate document exchange between offices, which in turn will reduce costs for applicants and bring about an increase in efficiency for IP offices.

In addition, ideas for further development from the open source community and other IP offices will be used by the EPO and the national offices of the contracting states to improve the system and to make it a more universal product.

It also means that any IP office or other organisation with needs going beyond the capabilities of the standard functionality and with the necessary technical expertise and capacity will have the option of implementing ePHOENIX, to customise, implement and deploy it at their own cost.