Open Patent Services (OPS)

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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.

   Test OPS

OPS data is extracted from the EPO's bibliographic, worldwide legal status, full-text and image databases and  is therefore from the same sources as the Espacenet and European Patent Register data.


With OPS you can:

  • add EPO data to your own software applications or in-house databases
  • develop tailor-made clients
  • download large volumes of data

Simply follow these five steps:

  1. Register to get access credentials
  2. Log in and define a test app for testing
  3. Test the system by clicking APIs in the menu
  4. Define your apps and handle authentication (using "OAuth")
  5. Add them to your script
"Non-paying" users Up to 4 GB of data per week Free
"Paying" users More than 4 GB of data per week Annual subscription for calendar year 2018 (EUR 2 800)

For more information about what we consider to be appropriate usage see our:

Release notes

Downloads

Title Format
REST services WADL descriptor WADL
OPS version 3.2 documentation – version 1.3.6 PDF
Open Patent Services input and output XML schema XSD
EPO St. 36 DOCDB exchange format for bibliographic data XSD
EPO St. 36 DOCDB full-text exchange format for full-text data (claims and description)
XSD
Open Patent Services XML schema for legal status data XSD
Open Patent Services XML schema for CPC XSD
Open Patent Services XML schema for Patent Register XSD
Cross-domain requests
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Legal status tag definition

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