Pay fees and claim refunds

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You have several options for paying your patent fees online:

  • by debit order from your deposit account using a smart card connection:
    • in Online Fee Payment, where you can also manage your deposit account
    • using online filing services
    • using Central Fee Payment
  • by credit card with immediate effect using Central Fee Payment
  • by using the bank transfer functionality in Central Fee Payment

Using Online Fee Payment

Secure access

To pay patent fees from a deposit account, you first have to register for our Online Fee Payment service. Accessing it requires a secure smart card connection.

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Using online filing services

You can also pay fees while using EPO online filing services

or WIPO's online filing services:

Using Central Fee Payment

Secure access

To pay patent fees by credit card and use the bank transfer functionality to prepare a bank transfer, you first have to register as a user in Central Fee Payment. This involves setting up a username and password, but no smart card authentication is needed.

Credit card transactions are processed by the e-payments provider Ingenico. Please note that refunds to credit card accounts are not possible.

You need a smart card to pay patent fees via a deposit account in Central Fee Payment. 

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Claiming refunds

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To claim refunds online, you first have to register for our online service. This involves setting up a username and password, but no smart card authentication is needed.

Then all you need to do is enter the relevant application number and corresponding refund code which you will have received in separate communications by post.

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