Important changes to fee refund procedures came into force on 1 April 2019.
Applicants can choose to have refunds credited to either a deposit account held with the EPO or a bank account. Fees will no longer be refunded by cheque.
In addition, users will be offered more flexibility with respect to their choice of refund recipient. Under the revised refund procedures, the EPO will refund fees to any deposit account as indicated by the applicant or representative/agent in the refund instructions.
Refund instructions should preferably be filed in an electronically processable format (XML) via EPO Online Filing, new online filing (CMS) or ePCT.
If the EPO cannot make a refund to a deposit account, it will invite the party to the proceedings to claim the refund via a dedicated portal. Further details can be found on our website.