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Databases searchable using the MIMOSA software:
Collection of publications:
ESPACE LEGAL was designed as the patent attorney's bookshelf in electronic format and as a complement to the collection of publications on the EPO's website. Target users are patent attorneys, legal departments and lawyers interested in monitoring the case law at the EPO.
The legal texts are available in HTML or in PDF format which enable links within and between the documents. You only need a standard internet browser and Acrobat Reader software to use ESPACE LEGAL.
The MIMOSA software is provided on the DVD, you do not need to install it. For some functions to work properly, you will need to install Java Virtual Machine (JVM) on your workstation and enable Java scripts.
MIMOSA retrieval software is a Microsoft Windows-based software. You can learn to use MIMOSA very rapidly thanks to an extremely user friendly interface in eight different languages. You can customise many parameters for display, printing and downloading to suit your own needs.
With MIMOSA, you have a range of functions available for consulting databases (ten interfaces in different languages; three search masks), and for building, submitting and saving queries. You can display, print or download your search results (documents, notices, hitlist) according to the configuration you choose.
MIMOSA retrieval software includes export facilities for text and image data in standard formats (ASCII, TIFF, PDF, SGML, RTF, TXT, XML), and detailed help in English, French and German. You can use MIMOSA on a stand-alone workstation or over a (LAN) network.
There are two issues of ESPACE LEGAL per year (May, November)
The following fields are available for searching the decisions of the EPO Boards of Appeal:
|ART||Articles and Rules|
|BOA||Board of appeal|
|CLR||Year of Jurisprudence Report|
|NEW||First published on LEGAL, issue|
|OFJ||Published in Official Journal, issue|
|PRESENCE||Presence of data|
|TXT||Full text (proximity)|
The following fields are available for searching the directory of
|LAND||Representative's country code|
The following field is available for searching the collection of legal texts:
A yearly subscription costs 215 EUR per year.