Changes for payments made by IPO customers on filing fee bearing IPO paper forms paid by credit or debit card.
From 30 September 2015 IPO customers filing fee bearing paper forms and paying by credit or debit card will need to make payment using our online payment provider Barclaycard SmartPay.
This new service is to ensure that the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is complying with the PCI (Payment Card Industry) standards when handling credit and debit card payments.
You will find links to the new payment service on fee sheets FS2, FS3 and FS4 and any web pages containing fee payment information.
You will need to:
- complete the IPO form(s) and fee sheet
- make payment online (if paying by credit or debit card)
- make a note of the payment reference in the box provided on the fee sheet
- send the form(s) and fee sheet to the IPO
The filing date of the form will not be the date your payment is made online. This will only be given once the paper form and fee have both been received by the IPO. For time critical forms, you will need to ensure these are received by the given deadline.
These changes do not affect the way payments are taken as part of our on-line filing systems and those who make payments by deposit account or cheque are also unaffected.
If you make regular transactions with the IPO you may wish to consider setting up a deposit account for processing your payments.