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Guidelines for Examination


6.2.1 Requirements

If the payer provides evidence to the EPO that, within the period for in which the payment of a given feeshould have been, he took in an EPC Contracting State one of the following steps made in an EPC Contracting State:

he effectinged the payment of the fee through a banking establishment; or
he duly gave giving an order to a banking establishment to transfer the amount of the payment; or

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he despatchinged at a post office a letter bearing the address of one of the filing offices (see A‑II, 1.1) of the EPO containing the debit order, provided that there is a sufficient amount in the account on the date on which the time limit expires,

then he is considered to have observed the period for payment of the fee, even if the amount paid yment or the debit order is received by the EPO is entered in the bank account of the European Patent Organisation after the expiry of the period or if a debit order despatched to the EPO is received there after the expiry of the period mentioned.

However, if, in such a case, the payment has been effected later than 10 days before expiry of the period for payment of the fee, but still within that period, a surcharge of 10% on the relevant fee or fees, but not exceeding EUR 150, must be paid in order for the period for payment of the fee to be considered observed.


Art. 7(3) and (4) RFees

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Art. 7(3)(b) and
(4) RFees
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