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Patent Information Matters

Here you can find announcements regarding the EPO's patent information products and services, events and activities.

Patent Information Matters

Asian Patent Information Services

This is your chance to raise your questions or discuss challenges, trends and hot topics around patent information from Asian countries.

Asian Patent Information Services

Espacenet - patent search

Talk to other users of the Espacenet service, get help on specific issues, or simply post your opinion.

Espacenet

European Patent Applications and Specifications

Here you can post your opinions, ask questions and share information regarding EPAB (Searching the full text of EP A and B documents via the "Patent information services for experts" interface).

European Patent Applications and Specifications (EPAB)

European Publication Server

Here you can post your opinions, ask questions and share information regarding the EPO's Official Publication platform.

European Publication Server

European Patent Bulletin (BULL)

Here you can post your opinions, ask questions and share information regarding BULL (Searching procedural data of EP A and B documents via the "Patent information services for experts" interface)

European Patent Bulletin (BULL)

European patent register and Register alert

Discuss information retrieval and e-mail alerts from the register.

European patent register and register alert

Global patent index (GPI)

Here you can post your opinions, ask questions and share information regarding GPI (Searching the EPO's worldwide bibliographic and legal status data collections via the "Patent information services for experts" interface).

Global patent index (GPI)

PATSTAT Product Line

Here you can post your opinions, ask questions and share experiences on the PATSTAT product line: EPO Worldwide Patent Statistics Database, EPO Worldwide legal status database for PATSTAT and the European Patent Register for PATSTAT.

PATSTAT Product Line

Patent Translate

Here you can post your opinions, ask questions and share information regarding Patent Translate.

Patent Translate

Raw Data / OPS Services

This space is made available to users of the EPO Web Services: Open Patent Services and Publication Server Web Service. Users can ask each other questions, exchange experiences and solutions, post ideas. The moderator will use this space to announce changes or information relevant to Web Services users.

Raw Data / OPS Services


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European qualifying examination (EQE)

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