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4.3 Automatic debiting procedure

A deposit account may also be debited on the basis of an automatic debit order signed by or on behalf of the account holder (automatic debiting procedure). Such an order may only be filed on behalf of the applicant or the patent proprietor or his representative and extends to all types of fees covered by the automatic debiting procedure and payable by him in respect of the proceedings specified in the automatic debit order. As the proceedings progress, each such fee is automatically debited and treated as having been paid in due time provided that the deposit account contains sufficient funds. The automatic debit order may not be restricted to specific types of fees. The Arrangements for the automatic debiting procedure (abbreviated to "AAD") plus explanatory notes are published as Annexes A.1 and A.2 to the ADA in Supplementary publication 4, OJ EPO 2014, 13 and 26Supplement to OJ EPO 3/2009. The AAD can also be found on the EPO website (www.epo.org) under: Applying for a patent/Forms and fees/Making payments.

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