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EPO worldwide legal status database (INPADOC)

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Legal status data relates to information on the events during the lifetime of a patent application. INPADOC contains legal status events from over 40 international patent authorities worldwide, available as backfile and frontfile data.

Download a sample file

INPADOC data is the backbone of many EPO legal status products and services. It includes legal events from the patent gazettes and registers of various national patent authorities, including the EPO and WIPO.


With INPADOC you can:

  • download weekly frontfiles and an annual backfile
  • retrieve data in XML
  • build your own database or search tool and link legal status events to your existing bibliographic records
Getting started

1. Check the sample data and information on the main features of our raw data products.

2. Order the product from csc@epo.org.

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

4. Process the backfile first.

5. Download the regular weekly exchange files (usually Tuesdays).

Conditions

Format

SGML format (XML coming soon)

Volume

Frontfile: approx. 10 MB weekly
Backfile: approx. 3 GB

Delivery

Current year (frontfile data) can be downloaded weekly.
Backfile data is available for download once a year.

Price

Annual subscription: EUR 2 630
Backfile: EUR 1 050

Companies wishing to offer products or services based on EPO raw data must sign a licence agreement.

Further information

Content and coverage of the INPADOC legal status file

Regularly updated information (statistical ranges and categorisation of legal status events)

Descriptions of various legal status codes

INPADOC user manual 

The manual contains information about the legal status exchange format and the layout of file records, data records and attribute lists. It includes explanations of legal events tags and a sample file.

See the manuals section.

Related products

The following products and services are either similar to this one or include this product:

European Patent Register

European Patent Register (EBD) and EP Register in XML backfile

EPO worldwide legal status database for PATSTAT

Global Patent Index (GPI)

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