Guidance for the payment of fees
Guidance for the payment of fees, costs and prices1
1. Effective version of the Rules relating to Fees and the fees schedule
The Rules relating to Fees in the version effective as from 1 October 1992 are reproduced in the 7th edition (April 1993) of the European Patent Convention. Attention is drawn in particular to Articles 5 to 8 of the Rules relating to Fees.
The full schedule of fees, costs and prices of the EPO now in force is as set out in the Supplements to OJ EPO 4/1994.
2. Important implementing rules to the Rules relating to Fees
New amounts of the fees provided for in Article 2 of the Rules relating to Fees: OJ EPO 1992, 344.
3. Payment and refund of fees and costs
It is recommended that the EPO form for the settlement of fees or costs (Form 1010), obtainable free of charge from the EPO and the patent authorities of the Contracting States, be used for each payment: OJ EPO 1992, 671 et seq.
Partial refund of the contractual fee paid for a standard search on a Turkish patent application: OJ EPO 1983, 62.
Paying renewal fees for European patent applications and patents: OJ EPO 1984, 272.
Payment of fees: OJ EPO 1991, 573.
Calculation of aggregate time limits: OJ EPO 1993, 229.
Payment of the extension fee for Slovenia: OJ EPO 1994, 76.
The list of bank and Giro accounts opened in the name of the European Patent Organisation and corresponding currencies for payment is printed on the inside back cover of each issue of the Official Journal.
4. Other notices concerning fees and prices
Claims incurring fees where the application includes more than one set of claims: OJ EPO 1985, 347.
European patent applications on CD-ROM: OJ EPO 1990, 81.
Reissue of back copies of the Official Journal: OJ EPO 1994, 325.
New edition of the Guidelines for Examination in the EPO: OJ EPO 1992, 69.
5. Information concerning Euro-PCT applications (EPO as designated or elected Office)
Reduction of the European search fee if the international search report has been drawn up by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Japanese Patent Office, the Russian Patent Office, the Australian Patent Office or the Chinese Patent Office: OJ EPO 1979, 368; 1981, 5; 1994, 6.
Refund of the examination fee where a European patent application is consolidated with a Euro-PCT application: OJ EPO 1992, 662.
Information for PCT applicants concerning time limits and procedural steps before the EPO as a designated Office under the PCT (Articles 150, 153, Rule 104b EPC): Supplement No. 1 to OJ EPO 12/1992, 1; 1994, 131.
Information for PCT applicants concerning time limits and procedural steps before the EPO as an elected Office under the PCT (Articles 150, 156, Rule 104b EPC): Supplement No. 1 to OJ EPO 12/1992, 16; 1994, 133 (see also Information for PCT applicants: OJ EPO 1992, 245).
6. Guidance for international applications (EPO as receiving Office, International Searching Authority or International Preliminary Examining Authority)
Fee calculation sheets: OJ EPO 1992, 388.
Information for PCT applicants concerning the procedure before the EPO as an International Preliminary Examining Authority under Chapter II of the PCT: OJ EPO 1986, 441.
An extract from the Rules relating to Fees, the fees falling due when a European patent application or international application is filed and certain fees frequently arising are set out below.
Extract from the Rules relating to Fees
Payment of fees
(1) Subject to the provisions of Article 6, the fees due to the Office shall be paid in Deutsche Mark or in a currency freely convertible into Deutsche Mark:
(a) by payment or transfer to a bank account held by the Office,
(b) by payment or transfer to a Giro account held by the Office,
(c) by money order,
(d) by delivery or remittance of cheques which are made payable to the Office or
(e) by cash payment.
(2) The President of the Office may allow other methods of paying fees than those set out in paragraph 1, in particular by means of fees vouchers or deposit accounts held with the European Patent Office.
Date to be considered as the date on which payment is made
(1) The date on which any payment shall be considered to have been made to the Office shall be as follows:
(a) in the cases referred to in Article 5, paragraph 1(a) and (b): the date on which the amount of the payment or of the transfer is actually entered in a bank account or a Giro account held by the Office;
(b) in the cases referred to in Article 5, paragraph 1(c) and (e): the date of receipt of the amount of the money order or of the cash payment or the date on which the amount of the money order is actually entered in a Giro account held by the Office;
(c) in the case referred to in Article 5, paragraph 1(d): the date of receipt of the cheque at the Office, provided that the cheque is met.
(2)2 Where the President of the Office allows, in accordance with the provisions of Article 5, paragraph 2, other methods of paying fees than those set out in Article 5, paragraph 1, he shall also lay down the date on which such payments shall be considered to have been made.
(3) Where, under the provisions of paragraphs 1 and 2, payment of a fee is not considered to have been made until after the expiry of the period in which it should have been made, it shall be considered that this period has been observed if evidence is provided to the Office that the person who made the payment
(a) fulfilled one of the following conditions in a Contracting State within the period within which the payment should have been made:
(i) he effected the payment through a banking establishment or a post office;
(ii) he duly gave an order to a banking establishment or a post office to transfer the amount of the payment;
(iii) he despatched at a post office a letter bearing the address of the Office and containing a cheque within the meaning of Article 5, paragraph 1(d), provided that the cheque is met, and
(b) paid a surcharge of 10% on the relevant fee or fees, but not exceeding DEM 300; no surcharge is payable if a condition according to sub-paragraph (a) has been fulfilled not later than ten days before the expiry of the period for payment.
(4) The Office may request the person who made the payment to produce evidence as to the date on which a condition according to paragraph 3(a) was fulfilled and, where required, pay the surcharge referred to in paragraph 3(b), within a period to be specified by it. If he fails to comply with this request or if the evidence is insufficient, or if the required surcharge is not paid in due time, the period for payment shall be considered not to have been observed.
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2 The date of payment when debiting a deposit account is determined by points 6.3 to 6.10 of the Arrangements for deposit accounts (OJ EPO 1982, 16; supplement to OJ EPO 12/1990, 7; OJ EPO 1993, 366).