Fee amounts and payment methods
Fee amounts, payment methods and effective payment dates are governed by the Rules relating to Fees (RFees) and by measures adopted by the President of the EPO implementing certain provisions of those Rules.
Arrangements for deposit accounts (ADA[ 2 ])
Guid. A‑X
Guidance on fee payment is published in each issue of the EPO's Official Journal and on the EPO's website at www.epo.org, so you should consult the latest issue to find out the current situation.
The following advice and recommendations on paying fees to the EPO should be noted: 
Fees due to the EPO must be paid in euros. 
Guid. A‑X, 3
OJ 2013, 633
OJ 2014, A38, A63, A75, A112
Fees, including those for a European patent application filed with a national authority, must be paid direct to the EPO (for the only exception see (e) below). You can do this by paying them into or transferring them to the bank account held by the EPO3 or by debiting a deposit account you have opened with the EPO.
Depending on how you pay, the deemed date of payment is the day on which 
the amount of the payment or transfer is actually credited to the bank account held by the Office, or 
the order to debit a deposit account is received at the EPO, provided the deposit account contains sufficient funds.
It is advisable to pay fees as promptly as possible, preferably at the same time as filing your application. 
If a payment is received after expiry of the period within which it should have been made, the period is considered to have been observed if you can prove to the Office that:
Point 6.5 ADA 
in a contracting state, within the relevant period for payment, and no later than 10 days before expiry of the period for payment
you effected the payment through a banking establishment, or 
you duly gave an order to a banking establishment to transfer the relevant amount, or 
you despatched at a post office a letter addressed to the Office EPO and containing an order to debit a deposit account opened with the EPO, provided that there are sufficient funds in the deposit account on the date on which the period for payment expires
then it isyou will be considered that youto have observed the period for payment even if the amount paid or the debit order is received by the EPO after expiry of the period for payment.
If you effected the payment later than 10 days before expiry of the period for payment, but still within the period, a surcharge of 10% on the relevant fee or fees, but not exceeding EUR 150, must be paid.
The Office may request you to produce evidence of the date on which you took one of the actions listed above, and where necessary to pay the surcharge, within a period which it specifies. If you fail to comply with this request, if you produce insufficient evidence, or if you fail to pay the required surcharge in due time, the period for payment is considered not to have been observed. 
If you pay fees through a banking establishment, you may use the bank of your choice. Payments and transfers must be to one of the accounts of the EPO.
Tthe following account with the Commerzbank in Germany is available for payments and transfers from all member states:
Nr. 3 338 800 00 (BLZ 700 800 00)
IBAN DE20 7008 0000 0333 8800 00
Commerzbank AG
Promenadeplatz 7
80273 München
If you file a European patent application with the EPO or a national authority and have a deposit account with the EPO, you can pay fees due on filing simply and securely by debiting your deposit account; you merely have to fill in the appropriate section of the fee payment form (EPO Form 1010) that you enclose with the application. 
Point 6.9
Points 4, 6 ADA
If you file your application with a national authority and the EPO does not receive the enclosed debit order until after the period for fee payment has expired, you are deemed to have met the time limit if there were sufficient funds in your deposit account on the date when the time limit expired.
ADA, Annex BThe EPO also accepts debit orders filed electronically or issued by fax. For more information about Online fee payment, go to EPO Online services on the EPO website (www.epo.org).
Point 6.2 ADA 
If you are an EPO deposit account holder, you also have the option of issuing an automatic debit order (using section 42 of the request for grant, Form 1001, see Annex VII).
ADA, Annexes A.1 and A.2
Point 6.2 ADA 
If an automatic debit order is filed in due time, any fee which must be paid within a certain time limit will be debited on the last day of that time limit, unless special provisions apply. For more information on deposit accounts (ADA), reference is made to OJ 2015, Supplementary publication 3.
Points 6.6, 6.7 ADA
Payment by deposit account, using either an individual debit order or the automatic debiting procedure, reduces the risk of late payment and possible extra costsforresulting therefromfor the applicant.
(f)The EPO also accepts debit orders filed electronically or issued by fax. For more information abouton Onlineonline fee payment, go to EPO Online services on the EPO website (www.epo.org).
Point 6.3 ADA 
For payment orders submitted by means of EPO Online Filing or Online Fee Payment, the deposit account holder may however also specify that a payment order is to be executed at a later date than the submission date. Payment orders may be executed up to 40 days after the submission date.
(g)Use of the fee payment form (Form 1010, see Annex VII) is mandatory for debit orders filed on paper or by fax. No paper confirmation of a fax debit order should be sent.
Point 6.2 ADA 
Failure to use thisEPO Form 1010 this form will delay processing considerably, although you will keep the original submission date as payment date. However, you will be requested to resubmit the debit order on EPO Form 1010.
You can download the form from the EPO website (www.epo.org).

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