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EPO Bibliographic Data (EBD) and European Patent Register in XML

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EBD provides details of all newly published applications and patents, as well as recent changes to previously published patents. The backfile is a snapshot of the European Patent Register at a given time.

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The data includes the date of filing, titles, applicant data, classification and priority data. It is the same as the data in the European Patent Bulletin.


With EBD you can:

  • integrate records from the EP Bulletin or European Patent Register into your own search interface, database or search engine
  • download weekly frontfiles (EBD) and an annual backfile (Register in XML)
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1. Check the main features of our raw data products.

2. Order EBD from patentdata@epo.org.

3. Note your username and password for the download area - you will receive these by e-mail.

4. Download the weekly exchange files (available every Wednesday at 14.00 hrs CET).

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Coverage
1978 to date 
Format XML ST36
Volume Frontfile: approx. 20 MB
Backfile: approx. 5.2 GB
Delivery Current data is provided as a weekly download.
Backfile data is delivered on hard disk or can be downloaded on request.
Price Frontfile (weekly download): free
Backfile: EUR 2 610

Companies wishing to offer products or services based on EPO raw data, or who already do so, must sign a licence agreement.

The data is available in the form of 'raw', unformatted, but highly structured data files. It is extracted from EPASYS, the EPO's administrative database. The files are not a cumulative record of all the changes. There is a clear distinction between A and B publications since these are separate documents for publication purposes.

Note: The system processing the files must be able to read the UTF-8 character set.

EBD weekly files in XML ST36 do not give the whole history and status of an EPO application or patent.

The annual Register in XML backfile is a snapshot of the European Patent Register at a given time. It includes the whole history and status of an EPO application or patent.

For more details see "EBD specifications version 3.24.1" in the manuals section.

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