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Release notes May 2015

1.   European Patent Register

1.1. Applications with multiple applicants and representative

Multiple applicants and representatives are now displayed in the results list, up to a total of three. If there are more than three applicants or representatives, a fourth field appears indicating the number of additional parties.

(a)       Example of additional applicants

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(b)       Example of more than three additional applicants

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(c)       Example of further representatives

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1.2. Number formats in Smart search

An "EP" prefix is no longer needed when entering an application or publication number in Smart search. The table below shows you which formats can be used.

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Application numbers

Publication numbers

ap=EP00101010.7

ap=EP00101010

ap=00101010.7

ap=00101010

EP00101010.7

EP00101010

00101010.7

00101010

pn=EP1000000

pn=1000000

EP1000000

1000000

1.3. Improved lapse information in the bibliographic view

In addition to the information "Lapse of the patent in a contracting state" displayed under Most recent event in the bibliographic view, the country code (CC) of the state or states in which the patent has lapsed will also be indicated.

The country code displayed will be assigned to one of three categories:

(a)      New state(s) - the patent has lapsed in the following state(s)

(b)      Updated state(s) - the lapse date has been modified in the following state(s)

(c)       Deleted state(s) - the patent is no longer deemed to have lapsed in the following state(s)

Lapse data is provided by the national patent offices. Please access the relevant office via our country code deep linking, where available, or go directly to the national office website for more information.

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2. Register Alert

Improvements for Register Alert users

2.1. New Delete and Add function in the Search results list

 

The search results list has been improved to make adding to and deleting from your monitored applications easier. A click on the "Add" or "Delete" button automatically adds/deletes the current page of results to/from your list of monitored applications.

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2.2. Two new columns added to the list of monitored application(s)

New column 1: Publ. No. for the EP publication number

New column 2: Applicant for the name of the applicant

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Reminder: The Appl/Publ. No. column always indicates the user's input and can therefore be an EP application number or an EP/WO publication number.

2.3. Account name indication for Register Alert notifications

Notifications received by Register Alert users now indicate the account owner. This is particularly interesting for users with more than one account, helping them to easily identify the origin of such notifications.

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