Annex VI
 
 
Patent information services 
File inspection and communication of information from files 
1. 
The files relating to published European patent applications and patents can be inspected online via the European Patent Register at epo.org/searching-for-patents/legal/register.
Paper copies of files are available in exceptional cases only, subject to submission of a duly substantiated request. 
European Patent Register and European Patent Bulletin 
2. 
The European Patent Register offers users both bibliographic and procedural data on European patents and patent applications. 
The procedural data includes information from the date of publication to the grant of the patent, plus any data concerning opposition and appeal proceedings, as well as post-grant information. 
Access to the European Patent Register is free of charge. 
3. 
Data from the European Patent Register is published weekly in the European Patent Bulletin, where the bibliographic data relating to published European patent applications and granted European patents is arranged according to a number of reference criteria, including: 
the International Patent Classification 
the European publication number 
the name of the applicant/proprietor. 
The European Patent Bulletin is available online at epo.org/searching-for-patents/legal/bulletin.
Patent documents 
4. 
The EPO also publishes: 
OJ EPO 2007, Special edition No. 3, D.3, D.4
European patent applications (A documents) 
European patent specifications (B documents) 
Published documents are available online via the European Publication Server at epo.org/searching-for-patents/technical/publication-server.
Information on other EPO data products can be found at epo.org/searching-for-patents/data.
Official Journal and Guidelines for Examination 
5. 
Two of the EPO's other major publications are: 
the Official Journal (OJ EPO), which contains the decisions of the Administrative Council, the decisions of the President of the EPO, notices from the EPO, information about fees and costs, and selected decisions of the boards of appeal, and 
the Guidelines for Examination in the European Patent Office. 
These publications are available online at epo.org/law-practice/legal-texts.
Products and services 
6. 
The EPO's sub-office in Vienna is responsible for all patent information products and services. 
European Patent Office Vienna 
Postfach 90 
1031 Vienna 
Austria 
Tel.: +43 (0)1 521 26 0 
Further information 
Further information about the European Patent Office and the procedures involved in applying for a European patent is available on the EPO website at epo.org:
Applying for a patent at epo.org/applying/basics
Patent search at worldwide.espacenet.com
European Patent Register at register.epo.org
Online filing services at epo.org/applying/online-services
Job vacancies at jobs.epo.org
Quick access to FAQs, publications, forms and tools at epo.org/service-support
Learning and events at epo.org/learning
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