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DOCDB

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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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DOCDB data is the backbone of many commercial products and services. It includes bibliographic data from over 90 countries worldwide. The data goes back as far as the 1830s for some patent authorities, and is available as backfile and frontfile.


With DOCDB you can

  • obtain the bibliographic data of patents from around the world, plus abstracts, citations and the simple DOCDB patent family
  • download bi-weekly frontfiles and an annual backfile
  • receive data in XML WIPO ST 36 format
  • build your own searchable database
Getting started

1. Check the sample data and information on the main features of 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 and process regular weekly exchange files (usually Tuesday and Thursday).

Conditions
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Format XML WIPO ST36
Volume Frontfile: approx. 1 GByte
Backfile: approx. 65 GBytes
Delivery Current year (frontfile data) can be downloaded weekly (usually Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Backfile data is available on a set of DVDs and/or for download
Price Annual subscription (first-time customers): EUR 11 610
Annual subscription (download): EUR 2 630
Backfile: EUR 8 890

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

Further information

DOCDB user documentation

The documentation provides the technical specifications (according to WIPO and ISO standards) for the XML exchange format in the (bibliographic) master database DOCDB. It also provides a technical description of the DOCDB data.

See our manuals section.

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