Which bulk data sets best suit your needs? (XLS, 23 KB)
A bulk data collection including the full text in machine-readable format of all patent applications and granted patent specifications published by the EPO since it was set up in 1978.Download a sample file
This bulk data set is available in XML and PDF/A as frontfile and backfile data.
1. Check the sample data and information on the main features of our bulk data sets. (XLS, 23 KB)
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|Format||XML ST36 and PDF/A|
|Volume||Frontfile: approx. 4 GB (zipped)
Backfile: approx. 2.23 TB (zipped)
|Delivery||Current data (frontfile) is available as a weekly download.
Publication takes place every Wednesday, at 14.00 hrs CET.
Backfile data is available for download.
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The EPO's bulk data sets are also referred to as "raw data products" or "EPO databases".
The EPO has a legal obligation to publish the patent applications it receives (EP-A documents) and the patents it grants (EP-B documents).
A weekly file containing all EP-A and EP-B documents for that week is published every Wednesday at 14.00 hrs.
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