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According to the European Patent Convention, the European Patent Office has the legal obligation to publish the patent applications it receives (A-documents) and the patents it grants (B-documents).
The weekly file contains all EP-A and EP-B documents also accessible on the Publication Server on Wednesday at 14.00 pm.
All European patent applications (EP-A documents) filed via the PCT route published by WIPO in one of the official language of the EPO are not republished by the EPO. For this reason, only minimum information is available (EP publication, corresponding PCT application number, etc).
The product includes complete documents, i.e. all the data available in the EP applications and granted patents as published.
EP-A documents from 1978 onwards
EP-B documents from 1980 onwards
Frontfile: XML ST36 and PDF/A
Backfile: XML ST36
Frontfile: approx. 2.5 GBytes (zipped)
Backfile: approx. 450 GBytes (zipped)
EP-A backfile (1978-2013): approx. 300 GBytes (zipped)
EP-B backfile (1980-2013): approx. 160 GBytes (zipped)
Current data can be downloaded weekly. Publication takes place on Wednesday, at 14.00 CET.
Backfile data is made available on a harddisk.
For price information please refer to the patent information price list under product 14.12 (see "Download" box in top right corner).