The data is available in the form of "raw", unformatted, but highly structured data files. It is extracted from EPASYS, the EPO's administrative database. The files are not a cumulative record of all the changes. There is a clear distinction between A and B publications, which are separate documents for publication purposes.
Note: The system processing the files must be able to read the UTF-8 character set.
EBD weekly files in XML ST36 do not give the whole history and status of an EPO application or patent but you can partly combine EBD files with our European Patent Register data backfile.
Please note that the European Patent Register data backfile can only partly be matched with the EBD weekly frontfile.