The European Patent Register is the place where the European Patent Office stores all the publicly accessible information on European patents and patent applications in the various stages of the grant procedure.The European Patent Register is free of charge.
The European Patent Register contains all the publicly available information on European patent applications as they pass through the grant procedure, including oppositions, patent attorney/EPO correspondence and more.
You can use the Register to:
When you go to www.epo.org you access the home page of the European Patent Register in a non-secure environment. By clicking on the button “Open the European Patent Register” you will automatically access the European Patent Register in a secure environment. More...
European patent applications are generally published 18 months after the date of filing or the earliest priority date. Prior to publication the application is kept confidential by the patent office.
New EP applications are published once a week (usually on Wednesday at 14.00 hrs CET).
To receive notification when an application is published, you can sign up for the free Register Alert service and add the unpublished application to your monitoring list. Read more about Register Alert.
The EPO publishes a divisional application as soon as possible after its filing. However, at least five weeks are needed for technical preparations before publication.
You can choose between three types of search: Quick search, Advanced search and Smart search:
Quick search allows you to access an individual ﬁle immediately by entering the EP publication number or the EP application number (e.g. EP1833031).
Advanced search allows you to assemble a complex search query by combining 14 different search criteria. For each search criterion you can enter multiple search terms.
Smart search allows you to enter a single search term or a combination of search terms, including names, dates and classification symbols (e.g. coffee machines filed by Jura). You can also search for patent documents by application number, publication number or priority number.
The Federated Register is a new section built into the EP Register that provides data on the legal status of an EP patent document in the national phase. A single click takes you to a clear overview of the registers of all the designated contracting states. This is especially interesting for patent professionals, such as patent attorneys, IP consultants or industry representatives.For the moment only the EPC member states provide data to the Federated Register service.
When a country code has an arrow and is underlined, you can click on it to go directly to that country's register:
Please note that links may not be available for every country.
For each designated contracting state offering this service you will be able to view:
Based on data provided by a national register, the “invalidation date” displayed could be one of the following dates, in this order:
The rights conferred by the patent are no longer in force (as from the date indicated).