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Guide for applicants, Part 1: How to get a European patent

 
 
Annex VIII
Patent information services 
File inspection and communication of information from files
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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 (www.epo.org) under "European Patent Register".
Guid. A‑XI
OJ 2009, 598
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
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The EPO offers access to the Online European Patent Register. Users of the European patent system can go to www.epo.org to look up procedural data on European patents and patent applications.
OJ 2001, 249
OJ 2003, 23, 69
OJ 2009, 598
The Online 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. 
Internet access to the Online Register is free of charge. 
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The data in 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 
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the International Patent Classification, 
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European publication numbers, 
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names of applicants/proprietors. 
The European Patent Bulletin is available online at  
Patent documents
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The EPO also publishes: 
OJ 2007, Special edition No. 3,
D.2, D.3, D.4 
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European patent applications (A documents) online and on CDDVD-ROM
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European patent specifications (B documents) online and on CDDVD-ROM
Published documents are available online via the publication server at 
Information on other EPO CD-ROM products can be downloaded from the EPO website at http://www.epo.org/searching/subscription.html
Official Journal and Guidelines for Examination
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The EPO's other standard publications include 
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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 
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the Guidelines for Examination in the European Patent Office. 
These publications are also available online on the EPO's website (/www.epo.org/learning-events).
Terms and conditions
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The EPO's sub-office in Vienna is responsible for all patent information services (document dispatch, online access, etc.). 
Vienna sub-office 
Postfach 90 
1031 Vienna 
Austria 
Tel.: +43 (0)1 521 26 4500 
Fax: +43 (0)1 521 26 3591 
Questions?
Further information about the European Patent Office and the procedures involved in applying for a European patent is available from the EPO website at www.epo.org: 
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Applying for a patent at www.epo.org/guide
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Patent search at www.epo.org/espacenet
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European Patent Register at www.epo.org/register
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Online filing services at www.epo.org/online-services
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Quick access to FAQs, publications, forms and tools at www.epo.org/service-support
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Learning and events at www.epo.org/learning-events
 
Contact us
Visit www.epo.org/contact to access:
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Our contact form 
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Directions for getting to the EPO 
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Our postal addresses 
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Our switchboard numbers 
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Our Customer Services numbers 
 
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