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You can pay your patent fees to the EPO by:

  • deposit account held with the EPO
  • credit card, 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

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Credit card

About credit card payment

You can 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 are not possible.

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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:

Beneficiary: European Patent Organisation
No. 3 338 800 00 (BLZ 700 800 00)
IBAN DE20 7008 0000 0333 8800 00
Commerzbank AG
Leopoldstrasse 230
80807 München

* Please use COBADEFFXXX if DRESDEFF700 is not recognised.

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Refunds via deposit account

Applicants/professional representatives can file refund instructions pertaining to a given application requesting that all refunds be credited to a deposit account held with the EPO. Refund instructions should be filed using our online filing tools.

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Getting started

  • Open/re-open/close/update details for a deposit account

Refunds to a bank account

If you have not filed any refund instructions and do not hold a deposit account with the EPO, you can claim any pending refunds online and ask for them to be credited to a bank account.

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Getting started

  • How to have refunds credited to a bank account: "Pay fees and claim refunds"

The EPO no longer issues refunds of fees by cheque (effective 1.4.2019).