All fees which are to be paid to the EPO must be paid in euros by payment or transfer to a bank account held by the EPO. For persons having a deposit account with the EPO payment may be made by debit order. As from 1 December 2017, the EPO has moved to "online-only" management of users’ deposit accounts. This means that as from that date, all debit orders must be filed in an electronically processable format (XML) using one of the accepted electronic means of filing. A debit order can also be submitted in electronic form via the EPO's Online Fee Payment portal. Automatic debiting has been available for any fee payments to the EPO as receiving Office, ISA and IPEA since 1 April 2015. Payment of fees by credit card became possible on 1 December 2017. Payment by cheque was abolished by the EPO in 2008. Every issue of the Official Journal provides guidance for the payment of fees.
Date retrieved: 30 December 2018
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EPC Rules relating to Fees
EPO Guide for Applicants, part II Int.
EPO Guide for Applicants, part II Int. - B The EPO as a PCT receiving Office
EPO Guide for Applicants, part II Int. - D The EPO as an IPEA
Offical Journal of the EPO
XOJ EPO 2017, A73 - Notice from the European Patent Office dated 22 August 2017 concerning the payment of fees by credit card
XOJ EPO 2017, A72 - Decision of the President of the European Patent Office dated 22 August 2017 concerning the payment of fees by credit card