Late payments 

The payment of a fee after expiry of the applicable time limit is not valid and must be refunded, unless a valid request for further processing has been filed. Examples: filing fee, search fee, designation fee or examination fee paid as laid down under the provisions relating to further processing (Art. 121 and Rule 135), without the further processing fee required by Rule 135(1) and Art. 2(1), item 12, RFees (see E‑VIII, 2).

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