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2. Methods of payment

Fees may be paid in the following ways:

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by payment or transfer to a bank account held by the EPO; 
by debiting a deposit account opened in the records of the EPO in Munich (see A‑X, 4.2 and 4.3);
by requesting re-allocation of a refund (see A‑X, 10.5).

Debiting of deposit accounts in principle occurs on the basis of a debit order signed by the account holder. A debit order may be filed using the EPO Online Filing software, the new online filing (CMS) or the Online Fee Payment serviceby means of EPO Online Filing or by means of Online Fee Payment. It may also be filed on paper, or by fax or via web-form filing, in which case the use of EPO Form 1010, or PCT Form PCT/RO/101 or Form PCT/IPEA/401 is mandatory. This applies to both individual and collective debit orders (lists), and also to orders filed by letter and not readable electronically (see point 6.2 of Supplementary publication 3, OJ EPO 2015, 8). Failure to use the above forms will delay processing considerably, although payers will keep the original submission date as payment date. In such cases, however, for processing purposes, from 1 April 2014 onwards debit orders are to be resubmitted using the standard forms (see Supplementary publication 4, OJ EPO 2014, 3).

Payment by cheque delivered or sent directly to the EPO was abolished with effect from 1 April 2008 (see OJ EPO 2007, 533 and OJ EPO 2007, 626).


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