Central Fee Payment can be accessed under Online services on the EPO website (see link below). Note that you will need a smart card to use the service for submitting debit orders.
No. The EPO does not provide support for any kind of emulation on Linux.
You need a smart card for authentication to be able to submit debit orders in Central Fee Payment.
Yes, if you already have a smart card linked to a deposit account, you can use it also for Central Fee Payment.
Close your browser and start again, making sure to select the correct certificate.
The EPO has recently upgraded its authentication services. Central Fee Payment is the first service to use the new back end. This is why the login screen looks different.
No. To replenish your deposit account please make a bank transfer, entering the number of the EPO deposit account concerned (eight-digit number starting with 28) in the reference field, preceded by the word "replenishment" (or "repl", if the payment-reference field is too small) or "deposit".
Further information can be found under point 3.2 of the Arrangements for deposit accounts (ADA).
Yes. From April 2022, with the exception of the ADP's overview and payment plan functions, deposit account management will also be available in Central Fee Payment.
No. Only users with a smart card linked to an EPO deposit account and with the relevant user rights assigned to them can access deposit account management in Central Fee Payment.
Yes, pending orders can be found on the Transactions page under Deposit account management (status: Pending). The Transactions page will be updated on an hourly basis for payments submitted via Online Filing, Online Filing 2.0 and Online Fee Payment. Payment orders submitted via Central Fee Payment will be visible immediately.
Rejected fee payments submitted via CFP can be found on the Rejected fee payment history page. Rejected fee payments submitted via Online Fee Payment can be found in the Rejected payments folder under Account History.
N.B. The Rejected payments folder in Online Fee Payment will not be transferred to Central Fee Payment.
Yes, you can filter and see all pending orders scheduled over the next 40 days. Please be aware that even if you filter for the entire 40-day period, you may not see pending orders up to the last date in that period, i.e. your last pending order may be =/< 40 days.
On the Transactions page under Deposit account management you can filter your orders by status by selecting "Pending" in the drop-down menu.
Yes, you can filter and see all transactions booked over the last 24 months.
On the Transactions page under Deposit account management you can filter your orders by status by selecting "Booked" in the drop-down menu.
You can filter booked transactions by date, reference, payment type, procedure type and amount. When filtering by amount, if you enter a zero amount in the "Amount from" box, the search will return all debits from your account; if you enter a zero amount in the "to" box, the search will return all credits to your account.
You can generate a statement of account for any period up to a maximum of two years prior to the current calendar date.
Yes, you can generate a statement of account for any period up to a maximum of two years prior to the current calendar date, including periods during which no transactions occurred.
Central Fee Payment offers considerable advantages over the existing Online Fee Payment service. For example, Central Fee Payment lets you:
No, for the time being automatic debit orders can only be submitted and revoked in Online Fee Payment (OFP). However, the migration of this functionality is planned to take place in 2022 and OFP will be decommissioned soon after. You will then be able to monitor and fully manage your account in Central Fee Payment.
No, debit orders submitted via Central Fee Payment are not visible in the list of pending orders in Online Fee Payment. However, you can see them in the Fee order history in Central Fee Payment (status: submitted) or on the Transactions page under Deposit account management (status: Pending).
To calculate the correct balance of your deposit account, remember to add the pending orders in Central Fee Payment to the pending orders in Online Fee Payment.
From April 2022, deposit account management will also be available in Central Fee Payment (minus the ADP functionalities). The migration of the ADP functionalities will take place later in 2022 and OFP will be decommissioned soon after. You will then be able to monitor and fully manage your account in Central Fee Payment.
No, fees that are rejected in Central Fee Payment are not visible in the Rejected payments folder in Online Fee Payment. However, you can see them in your Rejected fee payment history in Central Fee Payment.
There are two different views depending on the authentication you use to sign in.
If you sign in with your smart card, you will see all payments (credit card, bank transfer and deposit account) that were submitted using the smart card.
If you sign in with your email address and password, you will see all payments (credit card, bank transfer) that were submitted using this authentication method.
The same applies for rejected payments.
There are two different carts depending on the authentication you use to sign in.
Payments that you prepare when signed in with your smart card are not visible in your cart when you sign in with your email address and password.
Please make sure you sign in using the same authentication method as before to find your preselected payments.
The payment date according to point 5.4.1 ADA is the date on which the EPO receives the debit order, provided there are sufficient funds in the deposit account. This date normally corresponds to the date the debit order is submitted via Central Fee Payment. The submission date is displayed on the order confirmation that is automatically generated by Central Fee Payment. Once the fees have been effectively debited from your deposit account (see point 5.2.4 ADA), the status of the order will be changed from submitted to paid.
Yes, once the fees are debited from the deposit account you will automatically receive a payment confirmation in pdf format.
The pdf is stored in the Fee order history in Central Fee Payment but not in Online Fee Payment.
Note: In the case of insufficient funds, the pdf will only be generated once all fees relating to the debit order have been processed. The pdf will display the different payment dates.
Yes. You can upload a batch payment file in csv or xml format.
To make a batch payment you need to create a file in xml or csv format containing the relevant application numbers and payment details.
When you have saved your file:
The system will automatically recognise the different fields and calculate the total amounts. You can then either go directly to the checkout or add other fees to the cart.
This new feature was introduced to improve the payment service and help users pay fees correctly and on time. It shows the procedural fees due for a selected application or patent based on the information available on file at the time.
The date indicated as the due date corresponds to the last day of the period for making the payment.
You can edit the fee amounts if you have made changes which have not yet been updated in the file but which would lead to different amounts. You are responsible for the correctness of any edited amounts.
Certain fees are not displayed in the Fees due fee group. These include the opposition and appeal fee as well as some administrative fees. For more information, see OJ EPO 2020, A130.
It is not mandatory to pay the fees in the Fees due fee group. However, we recommend using this feature.
Yes. However, you are responsible for the completeness/correctness of any edited amounts.
Please select another fee group.
The validation functionality detects and automatically rejects the following:
The automatic rejection of payments reduces the administrative work involved in refunding invalidly paid fees, for both users and the EPO.
The new functionality only rejects double payments of fees that are payable only once in the proceedings, e.g. the filing fee or the third/fourth/fifth/etc. renewal fee. Fees that can be paid several times during the proceedings, such as the fee for further processing or the additional search fee in the event of non-unity, are excluded from double-payment validation.
After validation, you will receive a message, generated by the system, indicating that the payment could not be carried out. The message can be printed or downloaded at any time and is stored in your Rejected fee payment history, which can be found by going to Fees in the main navigation bar. This enables both you and the EPO to retrace the issue. If it turns out that a payment has indeed been erroneously rejected, the date of the attempted payment will be accepted as the payment date and any loss of rights which might have occurred as a result of the rejection will be remedied.
Please note that the rejected fee payment will not be displayed in the Rejected payments view in Online Fee Payment if it was submitted via Central Fee Payment.
This means that you did not complete the checkout and payment process after the fee validation.
The validation of fees takes place during checkout, and rejected fees are automatically removed from your cart. However, you must continue the checkout, select a payment means and submit your order for the rejected fees to appear in your Rejected fee payment history.
If you do not check out, but instead go back to check the fees again or add additional fees, the rejected fees have already been removed from your cart and so will not be validated again. Therefore they will not appear in your Rejected fee payment history.
If all fees are rejected, you will not be able to complete the checkout and so these fees will not appear in your Rejected fee payment history.
You will receive a printable and downloadable order confirmation once you have completed the checkout process. It can also be found in your Fee order history.
Once your debit order is processed you will likewise find a payment confirmation in the Fee order history. It includes the payment date and all other relevant details, such as the application numbers, fee codes and fee amounts. There is a separate page for each application for which fees have been paid.
Your payment may also be found on the Transactions page under Deposit account management (status: Booked) and under Transactions and on your statements in Online Fee Payment.
The Fee order history in Central Fee Payment is user-specific. This means you will only see debit orders submitted via your user account.
Once the payment is processed the fees are visible in Central Fee Payment and Online Fee Payment.
At present, Central Fee Payment issues PDF payment confirmations in the language set in Online Fee Payment, which is where all smart card-related settings continue to be managed. To change your language preference, go to Online Fee Payment and choose the language you want. Once synchronisation takes place – which occurs every hour – you will be able to make a fee payment in Central Fee Payment and have the PDF displayed in your chosen language.
Note: The current configuration is transitional. Central Fee Payment will be reconfigured in the coming months so that PDF confirmations are issued in the web language you selected. This change will be implemented in September 2022 at the earliest.