You can pay your patent fees to the EPO by:
Fee payments to the EPO must be made in EUR. For more information, please refer to
Deposit accounts are debited on the basis of an electronic debit order signed by the account holder or authorised representative.
The debit order may be
Payments to replenish deposit accounts must be made into the EPO's bank account.
The payment must include the following information in the reference field of the bank transfer: "replenishment" (or "repl" for short) or "deposit", followed by the eight-digit number (starting with 28) of the EPO deposit account concerned.
You can pay patent fees online by credit card. This is a secure and flexible way of making instant fee payments.
Please note that refunds to credit card accounts are not possible.
You can prepare your bank transfer by submitting an order online in our fee payment service. This allows you to pay fees for multiple applications with a single transfer. You will get a unique payment reference per order submitted.
Please then quote this reference when making the bank transfer.
Once we have received your bank transfer, payment confirmation will be available to download in the service.
Applicants/professional representatives can file refund instructions pertaining to a given application requesting that all refunds be credited to a deposit account held with the EPO. Refund instructions should be filed using our online filing tools.
If you have not filed any refund instructions and do not hold a deposit account with the EPO, you can claim any pending refunds online and ask for them to be credited to a bank account.
The EPO no longer issues refunds of fees by cheque (effective 1.4.2019).