A deposit account may also be debited for one or more European patent applications on the basis of an automatic debit order, signed by or on behalf of the account holder (automatic debiting procedure), in accordance with the Arrangements for the automatic debiting procedure (abbreviated to "AAD"). The AAD plus explanatory notes are published as Annexes A.1 and A.2 to the ADA in Supplementary publication 4, OJ EPO 2019; Supplementary publication 3, OJ EPO 2022. see also OJ EPO 2020, A77 and OJ EPO 2020, A78. The AAD can also be found on the EPO website (epo.org) under: Applying for a patent/Fees.
An automatic debit order must may be filed on behalf of the applicant or the patent proprietor or the appointed representative and must be filed in an electronically processable format (XML) via, using the EPO Online Filing software or Online Filing 2.0 using EPO Forms 1001E, 1200E or 1038E, or via Online Central Fee Payment in Online services. An automatic debit order can be revoked via Online Central Fee Payment in Online services only. It may be revoked only for the proceedings as a whole.
An automatic debit order extends to all types of fees covered by the automatic debiting procedure and payable in respect of the proceedings specified in it. 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.
Point 7 ADA
Point 14 ADA
Point 1 AAD
Point 12.1 AAD
Point 10 AAD
In the case of multiple payments from the same deposit account, the EPO processes automatic debit orders in ascending order of application number ("PCT" before "EP") and fee code (unless otherwise indicated) at the end of the day on the decisive payment date. It is thus important for the deposit account to contain sufficient funds at the decisive payment date to cover all automatic debit orders due. before any other debit orders.
Subject to that, debit orders are booked in ascending order of application number ("PCT" before "EP"), unless otherwise indicated.
Points 5.2.1 and 5.2.3 ADA
Point 4.4 AAD
Point 4.5 AAD
Point 5 AAD