Annual Subscription 2019

P.R. Thomsen (CH), Treasurer


In accordance with the decision of epi Council C85 on November 10, 2018, the amount of 190 EUR for the epi annual subscription has been set for 2019.

The annual subscription for epi students was set to be 95 EUR for 2019.

Following the amendment of R. 154(1) EPC that will come into force on January 1, 2019, the deadlines for payments of the annual subscription have been changed to become 1 month shorter compared to 2018 (see my article in epi Information 3/2018). Please note that also the sanction for non-payment will remain a deletion from the list of professional representatives. In order to be reachable by the epi and the EPO in connection with the annual subscription, keep your address and email data current in the list of professional representatives (https://www.epo.org/applying/online-services/representatives/notes.html).

Invoices regarding the epi annual subscription 2019 will be sent by email at the beginning of January 2019.
Please note, that every member will receive an invoice, even if a direct debiting mandate from an EPO account has been provided to the epi.
In case of doubt and to avoid double payment, please get in touch with the epi Secretariat, to check whether a direct debiting mandate is valid for you.

The 2019 epi annual subscription can be settled as follows:


1. Direct debiting mandate

  • By debiting the EPO deposit account on February 25, 2019
  • The form to set up/amend/delete a direct debiting mandate can be found here.
  • In case a direct debiting mandate is set up with epi, kindly note the following:

The due annual subscription will be debited automatically from the EPO account on 25 February 2019. Please make sure that the EPO account has sufficient funds at that date. Any new direct debiting mandate or amendment/cancellation of a previous one must be received from the account holder at the epi Secretariat at latest by 15 February 2019.

If you have any questions relating to the direct debiting mandate, please get in touch with the epi Secretariat (accounting@patentepi.com).


2. Bank transfer

  • By bank transfer in Euro (bank charges to be covered by subscriber)
  • Please note that payment should be received on epi’s account by March 31, 2019

If payments are not made prior to April 1, 2019, the annual subscription is increased to an amount of 240 Euro in accordance with epi rules governing payment of the annual subscription.

Account holder: European Patent Institute
Bank Name: Deutsche Bank AG
BIC-SWIFT: DEUTDEMMXXX
IBAN No: DE49 7007 0010 0272 5505 00
Address: Promenadeplatz 15, 80333 München


3. PayPal

The link to the online payment tool can be found here.

With effect of January 1, 2019 there is no extra administrative fee for payments via Paypal any more.


4. Credit Card

  • By credit card (Visa or Mastercard only)
  • The link to the online payment tool can be found here. The handling fee for credit card payments is 6 Euro.

With effect of January 1, 2019 there is no extra administrative fee for payments via Creditcards any more.

For payments with American Express, please use PayPal

Kindly note: No cheques accepted!
In order to minimise the workload in processing accurately and efficiently subscription payments, and independently of the transmitting way, each payment should be clearly identified indicating invoice number andfull name of the member. Unidentifiable payments bear the risk of being rejected.

In case you plan to withdraw from epi membership, please note that you may avoid the annual subscription 2019 if you submit a request to be deleted from the list until April 1, 2019 (see https://www.epo.org/applying/online-services/representatives/deletion.html).

Peter R. Thomsen
epi-Treasurer