2.26 What fees are due when filing an international application?
2.26.001For fee payments to be made during the international phase, please consult the latest information available on both the EPO34 and the WIPO35 websites. Furthermore, guidance for the payment of fees, expenses and prices is provided in every issue of the Official Journal.
Art. 3(4)(iv) PCT
R. 14-16 PCT
WIPO PCT Guide 5.184-5.199
PCT Newsletter 3/2018, 8
PCT Newsletter 11/2020, 14
PCT Newsletter 12/2020, 11
2.26.002Anyone can validly make fee payments to the EPO: applicants, representatives and any other person.
–the transmittal fee,
–the international filing fee and
–the international search fee.
2.26.004The transmittal, international filing and search fees are payable within one month of receipt of the international application.
R. 14.1(c) PCT, R. 15.3 PCT, R. 16.1(f) PCT
R. 16bis.2 PCT
PCT Newsletter 5/2015, 10
2.26.005If the application contains more than 30 pages, the international filing fee increases, with a fixed sum to be paid for each page in excess of 30 pages. This extra fee is considered part of the international filing fee and must be paid by the applicant together with the (basic) filing fee. The applicant should compute the extra amount independently and not wait for a communication because after expiry of the one-month time limit the missing amount may only be validly paid together with a late payment fee (see point 2.26.026).
2.26.006If the application contains a sequence listing as part of the description in electronic form, the pages forming that part are not taken into account for calculating the page fee (see point 2.23.004).
2.26.007Furthermore, if the applicant has requested the EPO as receiving Office to establish and transmit to the IB a certified copy of the priority document or to restore the right of priority, the fee payable in each case (fee for establishment and transmittal to the IB of a certified copy of the priority document; fee for requesting restoration of priority right) is to be paid for the benefit of the EPO as receiving Office.