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We provide access to the largest single source of technical information in the world: our databases containing millions of patent documents. This allows you to see what already exists, find out about technical aspects of your competitors’ work or spot trends in technology.  

Espacenet - patent search

Espacenet offers free access to tens of millions of patent documents worldwide. It contains information about inventions and technical developments from the 19th century right up to today.

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Global Patent Index

GPI is an online tool that enables you to perform expert patent searches.

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European Publication Server

Free online access to all the European patent documents published by the EPO

EP full-text search

This free-to-use online tool gives you access to European patent applications and granted patents.

Searching Asian documents: patent search and monitoring services

Professional prior art searches and regular patent monitoring using the original languages.

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EP full-text data 

A raw data collection including the full text in machine-readable format of all patent applications and granted patent specifications published by the EPO since it was set up in 1978.

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EPO worldwide bibliographic database (DOCDB)

DOCDB is the EPO's master documentation database with worldwide coverage. It contains bibliographic data, abstracts, citations and the DOCDB simple patent family, but no full text or images.

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Open Patent Services

Open Patent Services (OPS) is a web service which provides access to the EPO's raw data via a standardised XML interface. It does this using RESTful architecture.

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