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user interfaces of Espacenet, the European Patent Register and the European Publication
Server are for human users only. They are not intended for bulk data retrieval.
Please note the
threshold for individual users (IP addresses) is 10 search-related actions per
searches (robots) are not supported and may result in access being denied. For
automated queries please use the corresponding REST interfaces.
users encountering problems due to the service's robot-detection feature should
contact the EPO using the "contact" links in the relevant
queries, please use the REST interfaces of the European Publication Server and
Open Patent Services (OPS).
Please note the
automated queries, such as automated data retrieval (by robots) or access via
third-party portals (e.g. software packages in which OPS is part of the service
offered), we recommend using OPS.
use OPS (whether for simple testing or for more substantial access), you will
need to register and accept the terms and conditions for the use of OPS. See the OPS page for further information and registration.
data via OPS is free of charge up to a maximum data volume of 2.5GB per week
volume in excess of the free threshold weekly limit, a flat rate (yearly
subscription) applies. See the brochure "EPO Patent Information Products and Services - Price list" for further details.
you need extremely large sets of data, please contact us at email@example.com. We offer a range of options to meet your
bulk data needs.
both the European Publication Server and OPS, the maximum traffic volume
allowed is approximately 1 Mbit per second. The maximum data volume, connection
rates and other access conditions may vary depending on operational
recommend scheduling data retrieval activities by robots between 19.00 and
07.00 hrs GMT or at weekends.