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Modes of payment of supplementary search fees to the International Bureau

Supplementary search fees payable to the International Bureau include:

– supplementary search fee (PCT Rule 45bis.3)
– supplementary search handling fee (PCT Rule 45bis.2
– late payment fee (PCT Rule 45bis.4(c))

  • By credit card (for complete details on credit card payments see PCT E-Payment Service – User GuidePDF

VISA                                         (Swiss francs)
MasterCard/Eurocard          (Swiss francs)
American Express                 (Swiss francs)
Discover                                  (Swiss francs)
Diners                                      (Swiss francs)

In order to correctly allocate your payment, please indicate:
– the purpose of your payment;
– the number of your WIPO current account;
– the name of the applicant;
– the file reference or, if known, the PCT international application number.

  • By direct bank transfer (Swiss francs) to:

Bank : Credit Suisse
             CH-1211 Geneva 70          

Account name: WIPO/OMPI

CHF Account number (IBAN): CH51 0483 5048 7080 8100 0


  • By postal transfer (Swiss francs) to WIPO's postal account No. 12-5000-8, Geneva, Switzerland.

Bank : PostFinance, Engehaldenstrasse 37,
             CH-3030 Bern 

CHF Account number (IBAN): CH03 0900 0000 1200 5000 8


In order for WIPO to correctly allocate your payment, please indicate:
– the purpose of your payment;
– the name of the applicant; and
– the file reference; or
– the PCT international application number (if known). Please note that WIPO, as payee, shall not be liable for bank or transfer charges.

  • By check (Swiss francs) drawn on a Swiss or foreign bank made payable to WIPO and sent to:

World Intellectual Property Organization
PCT International Bureau
34, chemin des Colombettes
1211 Geneva 20

The name and address of the account holder (as the ordering party) and the name and address of the beneficiary must be printed on all checks.  It is no longer permissible to leave the order line blank or to indicate “holder,” “bearer,” or a bank as beneficiary.  In addition, the check must be for more than CHF 100, or the equivalent of this sum in another currency.

It is preferable to make payments using any of the other modes of payment indicated above.

Payment follow-up

All fee payments are acknowledged and include the contact details of the authorized officer processing the application.


All refund requests should be addressed to the authorized officer processing the application (for further details of which fees may be refunded see the PCT Applicant’s Guide)

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