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The European Patent Convention

 
 

Rule 162[ 144 ]
Claims incurring fees

(1)
If the application documents on which the European grant procedure is to be based comprise more than fifteen claims, claims fees shall be paid for the sixteenth and each subsequent claim as laid down in the Rules relating to Fees within the period under Rule 159, paragraph 1.
(2)
If the claims fees are not paid in due time, they may still be paid within six months from a communication concerning the failure to observe the time limit. If within this period amended claims are filed, the claims fees due shall be computed on the basis of such amended claims. 
(3)
Any claims fees paid within the period under paragraph 1 and in excess of those due under paragraph 2, second sentence, shall be refunded.
(4)
Where a claims fee is not paid in due time, the claim concerned shall be deemed to be abandoned. 
 
Amended by decision of the Administrative Council CA/D 12/10 of 26.10.2010 (OJ EPO 2010, 634), entered into force on 01.05.2011.
References

Art. 153
R. 45

 
Version history +
13.12.2007 - 31.03.2008 
Decision of the Administrative Council of 07.12.2006 (CA/D 10/06), (OJ EPO 2007, 8 and Special edition 1/2007)
01.04.2008 - 30.04.2011 
CA/D 2/08 (OJ EPO 2008, 124)
01.05.2011 -  
CA/D 12/10 (OJ EPO 2010, 634)
 
Cross-reference list
EPC EPC 1973
R. 162R. 110