Terms are linked with AND by default. Use OR between terms to expand your search. Add a minus sign ("-") in front of the word(s) you want to exclude. More help on searching is available in the Help section (see left-hand side navigation).
Each case in the board of appeal database has a unique case number. The interface allows queries such as G 1/91 or G1/91 or G0001/91. The search results will contain all available variants and translations of a case.
You can also use this field to search for cases which cite a particular decision. Simply enter the number of the decision in question. Any citing decisions will be indicated in that decision's bibliographic information.
The distribution keys "Distributed to board chairmen and members" and "Distributed to board chairmen" were first introduced in the early 1990s. The additional distribution key "No distribution" was introduced in 2000.
For Enlarged, Disciplinary and Legal Board of Appeal please use the check boxes under "Decision types".
Please enter at least the subclass (e.g. H04Q) you are looking for. The International Patent Classification (IPC) can be used to search for decisions relating to a certain technical field. The classification symbol is made up of a letter denoting the IPC section (e.g. H), followed by a two‑digit number denoting the IPC class (e.g. H04). This can be followed by the following sequence: a letter denoting the IPC subclass (e.g. H04Q), a number (1 to 3 digits) denoting the IPC main group (e.g. H04Q 7), a forward slash "/", and a number (1 to 3 digits) denoting the IPC subgroup (e.g. H04Q 7/38).
The application number refers to the patent document on which a case is based. Several decisions with different case numbers may refer to a single application number.
You can search by applicant name as spelled in the decision. Wild cards cannot be used.
Please bear in mind that not every decision contains a reference to an application title.
You can search by opponent name as spelled in the decision. Wild cards cannot be used.
Please enter the numbers of the EPC articles you are interested in. Use a space as a separator. A search for article 123 paragraph 2 requires the following syntax: 123(2)
Please enter the numbers of the EPC rules you are interested in. Use a space as a separator.
You can use this field to search for cases which cite a particular decision. Simply enter the number of the decision in question. Any citing decisions will be indicated in the searchresult list.
The search fields in the following section allow you to search by decision metadata. All terms are added by the Boolean AND to those used in the full-text search field above. Wild cards are not supported.
ECLI stands for European Case Law Identifier and is a string of numbers and characters which uniquely identifies a decision of a European or national court.
On the datasheet for each decision the boards of appeal indicate one or more keywords which identify the most important aspects of the decision.