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Applying for a patent

Making payments

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You can pay your patent fees to the EPO by:

  • deposit account held with the EPO
  • credit card (from December 2017), or
  • bank transfer

Fee payments to the EPO must be made in EUR. For more information, please refer to

Deposit account

About debit orders

Deposit accounts are debited on the basis of an electronic debit order signed by the account holder or authorised representative.

The debit order may be

  • for individual fees for one or more applications, i.e. a single or a batch debit order, or
  • an automatic debit order for a specific European or international patent application, authorising the EPO to debit fees automatically as the proceedings progress

Getting started

  • Request to open/close/re-activate a deposit account
  • Formats and means of filing debit orders online: "Paying fees online"

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Credit card

About credit card payment

From December 2017, you will be able to pay patent fees online by credit card. This is a secure and flexible way of making instant fee payments.

Refunds of payment by credit card

Please note that refunds to credit card accounts will not be possible.

Getting started

  • How to pay fees using a credit card: "Paying fees online"

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Bank transfer

About bank transfers

All payments and transfers to the EPO are to be made in EUR and without charge to the payee to the following account:

No. 3 338 800 00 (BLZ 700 800 00)
IBAN DE20 7008 0000 0333 8800 00
BIC* DRESDEFF700
Commerzbank AG
Leopoldstrasse 230
80807 München
Germany

* Please use COBADEFFXX if DRESDEFF700 is not recognised.

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