Annex VIII
Patent information services 
File inspection and communication of information from files
The files relating to published European patent applications and patents are available for online inspection. Access to online file inspection is provided via the EPO website ( under "European Patent Register".
On request, copies of the files can be made available for inspection. This is subject to payment of a fee. 
European Patent Register and European Patent Bulletin
The EPO offers access to the European Patent Register via, where users of the European patent system can look up procedural data on European patents and patent applications.
OJ 2001, 249
OJ 2003, 23, 69
The European Patent Register provides bibliographic data together with procedural data from the date of publication to the grant of the patent, plus any data concerning opposition and appeal proceedings, as well as post-grant information. 
Internet access to the European Patent Register is free of charge. 
Data from the European Patent Register is published weekly in the European Patent Bulletin, where the bibliographic data relating to published European patent applications and granted European patents is arranged according to a number of reference criteria, including 
the International Patent Classification, 
European publication numbers, 
names of applicants/proprietors. 
The European Patent Bulletin is available online at
Patent documents
The EPO also publishes: 
OJ 2007, Special edition No. 3,
D.2, D.3, D.4 
European patent applications (A documents)  
European patent specifications (B documents)  
Published documents are available online via the European publication server at
Information on other EPO data products can be found on the EPO website at
Official Journal and Guidelines for Examination
The EPO's other standard publications include 
the Official Journal (OJ), containing in particular the legislative acts of the Organisation's Administrative Council, the decisions and notices of the President of the EPO, information about fees and costs, and selected decisions of the boards of appeal, and 
the Guidelines for Examination in the European Patent Office. 
These publications are available online on the EPO website (
Products and services
The EPO's sub-office in Vienna is responsible for all patent information products and services. 
European Patent Office Vienna  
Postfach 90 
1031 Vienna 
Tel.: +43 (0)1 521 26 0 
Fax: +43 (0)1 521 26 3591 
Further information about the European Patent Office and the procedures involved in applying for a European patent is available on the EPO website at
Applying for a patent at
Patent search at
European Patent Register at
Online filing services at
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