ESPACE EP

ESPACE EP-A
ESPACE EP-B

ESPACE EP-A


ESPACE EP-A contains bibliographic data, full text and embedded facsimile images of European patent applications.

Business use

ESPACE EP-A is suitable as an archive system of European patent applications and for carrying out state-of-the-art searches on EP applications.

Due to its frequency of publication and indexed fields it is also a good tool for performing follow-up searches.

Access

Using the MIMOSA retrieval software.

Details about EP-A collection

From 1978 to 1999 publications format used was Patsoft (images)

From 2000 onwards SGML format

From 2006 onwards XML format 

Images (drawings, tables, formula) and search report are in TIFF format

To reproduce the originally published paper document, the applications are also stored as PDF

Coverage of the overall series

A1, A2 documents: From the first European patent application published to date

A3 documents from 1991 onwards

  Note: Publications prior to 1991 (number range from EP0000001 to 0398097) have been published on a separate backlog on 3 DVD volumes (2003/201, 2003/202, 2003/203)

A8 and A9 documents are also included since January 2002 onwards

Update frequency

Weekly (on Wednesday)

Subscription

A yearly subscription costs EUR 1250 per user.

Training

EP-A related training can be found at:
Calendar of events (enter EP or EP-A as Keyword)

Virtual classroom schedule



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ESPACE EP-B


ESPACE EP-B contains bibliographic data, full text and embedded facsimile images of granted European patents. It includes searchable titles and claims in English, French and German. The complete description can be searched in the language of the procedure. References to the PCT publication number for the Euro-PCT documents are available. A pilot index gives reference to the documents published in the previous 5 years.

Business use

ESPACE EP-B is suitable as an archive system for granted European patents and for carrying out state-of-the-art searches on EP documents.

Due to its frequency of publication and indexed search fields it is also a good tool for performing follow-up searches.

Access

Using the MIMOSA retrieval software

Details about the EP-B collection

From 1978 to 1999 publications format used was Patsoft (images)

From 2000 onwards SGML format

From 2006 onwards XML format 

Images (drawings, tables, formula) and search report are in TIFF format

To reproduce the originally published paper document, the applications are also stored as PDF

Coverage of the overall series

From the first granted European patent  to date.

From January 2002 onwards, B8 and B9 corrected documents are also included.


Update frequency

Weekly (on Wednesday)

Special features

Hyperlinks are included on every document to access further information on other online services Espacenet, Patentscope from WIPO.

ESPACE EP published on DVD: all the different data formats of the applications (XML, SGML, TIFF, PDF, TXT files) can be accessed directly. The location of the files are listed in the open index file "exchange idx" stored in the root directory.

Subscription

A yearly subscription costs EUR 1250 per user.

Training

EP-B related training can be found at:
Calendar of events (enter EP or EP-B as Keyword)

Virtual classroom schedule

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