Annex VI
Patent information services 
File inspection and communication of information from files 
The files relating to published European patent applications and patents can be inspected online via the European Patent Register at
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 
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. 
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
Patent documents 
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
Information on other EPO data products can be found at
Official Journal and Guidelines for Examination 
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
Products and services 
The EPO's sub-office in Vienna is responsible for all patent information products and services. 
European Patent Office Vienna 
Postfach 90 
1031 Vienna 
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
Applying for a patent at
Patent search at
European Patent Register at
Online filing services at
Job vacancies at
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