Article 179

1. Fees and charges due to the Office shall be paid by payment or transfer to a bank account held by the Office.
With the consent of the Budget Committee, the Executive Director may establish which specific methods of payment other than those set out in the first subparagraph, in particular by means of deposits in current accounts held with the Office, may be used.
Determinations made pursuant to the second subparagraph shall be published in the Official Journal of the Office.
All payments, including by any other method of payment established pursuant to the second subparagraph, shall be made in euros.

 

2. Every payment shall indicate the name of the person making the payment and shall contain the necessary information to enable the Office to establish immediately the purpose of the payment. In particular, the following information shall be provided:
(a) when the application fee is paid, the purpose of the payment, namely ‘application fee’;
(b) when the opposition fee is paid, the file number of the application and the name of the applicant for the EU trade mark against which opposition is entered, and the purpose of the payment, namely ‘opposition fee’;
(c) when the revocation fee and the invalidity fee are paid, the registration number and the name of the proprietor of the EU trade mark against which the application is directed, and the purpose of the payment, namely ‘revocation fee’ or ‘invalidity fee’.

 

3. If the purpose of the payment referred to in paragraph 2 cannot immediately be established, the Office shall require the person making the payment to notify it in writing of this purpose within such period as it may specify. If the person does not comply with this request in due time, the payment shall be considered not to have been made. The amount which has been paid shall be refunded.