For European patent applications and international (PCT) applications may be accompanied by a debit orderorders for the fees due must be filed in an accepted electronic format (see A-X, 4.2.3), irrespective of how the application itself is filed. Only if an application is filed with a competent national authority (Art. 75(1)(b)) on paper may a paper debit order for the fees intended to be paid on the date of filing be included with that application on mandatory Form 1020To avoid the risk of payment being debited twice where a debit order is sent by fax, the original should not be filed subsequently (see point 6.2 of the Arrangements for deposit accounts (ADA), Supplementary publication 3, OJ EPO 2015, 12Supplementary publication 5, OJ EPO 2017). For the abolition of payments by cheque, see A‑X, 2.
Point 6.2 ADA5.1.2 ADA
Point 5.6.1 ADA