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.Download a sample file
This raw data product is available in XML and PDF/A as frontfile and backfile data.
|Formats||Frontfile and backfile: XML ST36 and PDF/A|
|Volume||Frontfile: approx. 2.5 GB (zipped)
Backfile in XML(1978 -2014): approx. 450 GB (zipped)
Backfile in PDF/A (1978 – 2014): approx. 1.2 TB
|Delivery||Current data is available as a weekly download.
Publication takes place every Wednesday, at 14.00 hrs CET.
Backfile data is provided on a hard disk.
|Price||Subscription 2016 (download): EUR 4 210
Backfile: EUR 24 610
EP-A documents from 1978 to 2015
EP-B documents from 1980 to 2015
All documents in XML and PDF/A format
Data delivered on physical carrier
Companies wishing to offer products or services based on EPO raw data, or who already do so, must sign a licence agreement.
The EPO has a legal obligation to publish the patent applications it receives (EP-A documents) and the patents it grants (EP-B documents).
A weekly file containing all EP-A and EP-B documents for that week is published every Wednesday at 14.00 hrs.
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