Rule 162[ 177 ]
Claims incurring fees

If the application documents on which the European grant procedure is to be based comprise more than fifteen claims, claims fees shall be paid for the sixteenth and each subsequent claim as laid down in the Rules relating to Fees within the period under Rule 159, paragraph 1.
If the claims fees are not paid in due time, they may still be paid within six months from a communication concerning the failure to observe the time limitthe period under Rule 161, paragraph 1 or paragraph 2, as the case may be. If within this period amended claims are filed, the claims fees due shall be computed on the basis of such amended claims and shall be paid within this period.
Any claims fees paid within the period under paragraph 1 and in excess of those due under paragraph 2, second sentence, shall be refunded.
Where a claims fee is not paid in due time, the claim concerned shall be deemed to be abandoned. 
Amended by decision of the Administrative Council CA/D 12/10 of 26.10.2010 (OJ EPO 2010, 634), entered into force on 01.05.2011.
Amended by decision of the Administrative Council CA/D 17/16 of 14.12.2016 (OJ EPO 2016, A102), entered into force on 01.01.2017
See also the notice from the EPO, OJ EPO 2016, A103.

Art. 153
R. 45

Version history +
13.12.2007 - 31.03.2008 
Decision of the Administrative Council of 07.12.2006 (CA/D 10/06), (OJ EPO 2007, 8 and Special edition 1/2007)
01.04.2008 - 30.04.2011 
CA/D 2/08 (OJ EPO 2008, 124)
01.05.2011 - 31.12.2016 
CA/D 12/10 (OJ EPO 2010, 634)
01.01.2017 - 
CA/D 17/16 (OJ EPO 2016, A102)
Cross-reference list
EPC EPC 1973
R. 162R. 110

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