Release notes November 2016

1. Extension of the Global Dossier service

The Global Dossier service has now been extended to encompass further authorities participating in the WIPO CASE initiative.

In addition to patent application dossiers ("file wrappers") from the world's five largest patent offices, it now also includes public dossiers from the Canadian Patent Office as well as PCT applications.

The register link will (where available and only then) remain in the navigation bar whereas the Global Dossier link, when available, will be displayed in the content area of the bibliographic view and in the INPADOC family view.

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2. Access to Global Dossier and links to the European Patent Register and national register  

The Espacenet interface displays Global Dossier icons and links to registers for certain authorities providing access to the Global Dossier and to register information, respectively.

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In order to avoid any ambiguity, access to Global Dossier and links to the European Patent Register and available national registers have been separated.

When you click on a Global Dossier icon, the behaviour is the same as in the European Patent Register. For links to a national register, the respective national (or EP) register window will open where links/pages are available. For authorities/documents where no link to a register is available, no link will be displayed.

When you click on a Global Dossier icon, the respective Global Dossier window opens where links/pages are available. The icon is not visible when the respective file wrappers are not available.

For those authorities where Global Dossier is available (currently CA, CN, EP, JP, KR, US and WO) you will find a corresponding icon after the application number. This will link to the file inspection service of the respective authority. The Global Dossier link, when available, is displayed in the content area of the bibliographic view and in the INPADOC family view.

When you click on the Global Dossier icon next to the EP application number, the "All documents" view of the corresponding application in the EP Register opens.

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With the extension of Global Dossier, the new authorities show a corresponding link to the existing information in the INPADOC patent family view below the publication information in the "Publication info" column.

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3. List sorting

It is now also possible to sort your lists by publication date.

Provided there are fewer than 500 documents in the result list, it can be sorted in ascending or descending order by Publication Date (result list only), Priority Date, Inventor, Applicant or CPC.

4. Latest full-text coverage and latest bibliographic coverage

The layout of the automated daily update of the coverage provided by the EPO's full-text and bibliographic database has changed. Coverage tables are accessible at the following links:

Coloured rows indicate that the data has changed compared to the previous day. The details of the changes are indicated in green. If a new row of data is created, all entries are in green. If gaps in coverage are filled without any change of the first/latest publication, only the total number of documents is in green. 

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