A‑X, 4.3 Automatic debiting procedure - Guidelines for Examination
Automatic debiting procedure 

A deposit account may also be debited 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"). Such an order may only be filed on behalf of the applicant or the patent proprietor or his representative and extends to all types of fees covered by the automatic debiting procedure and payable by him in respect of the proceedings specified in the automatic debit order. 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. The Arrangements for the automatic debiting procedure (abbreviated to "AAD") plus explanatory notes are published as Annexes A.1 and A.2 to the ADA in Supplementary publication 3, OJ EPO 2015, 17 and Supplementary publication 3, OJ EPO 2015, 35. The AAD can also be found on the EPO website (www.epo.org) under: Applying for a patent/Forms and fees/Making payments.

Point 8 ADA

As from 1 April 2015, automatic debiting is allowed for international applications in proceedings before the EPO as receiving Office, ISA or IPEA. For the fee types covered, see points 3 and 4 of Annex A.1 to the ADA (Supplementary publication 3, OJ EPO 2015, 19).

If automated and non-automated payments are made from the same deposit account, the automated payments are processed first, irrespective of the date of receipt of the non-automated debit order. Subject to that, debit orders are booked in ascending order of application number ("PCT" before "EP"), unless otherwise indicated (see the Decision of the President of the EPO dated 3 February 2016, OJ EPO 2016, A14).

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