Release notes

Release notes - June 2022

    ST.26 XML sequence listings

    From 1 July 2022, you will be able to view sequence listings filed in ST.26 XML format and download them as a ZIP file (Sequence listing in ST.26 (.XML)) in the European Patent Register's All documents view (see examples in Fig. 1 and Fig. 2).

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    Fig. 1 All documents: Sequence listing in ST.26 (click to enlarge)


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    Fig. 2 View of ST.26 XML sequence listing (click to enlarge)

    For more information, please refer to the Help files.

Release notes - June 2021

Improvements in the European Patent Register

  1. In line with user wishes, the following complementary information on appeals during examination or opposition procedures is now available in the sections About this file and Event history:
    • date of payment of the appeal fee
    • date of despatch of the decision of the board of appeal
  2. With effect from 1 July 2020, the date of stay/interruption and/or the date of resumption for PCT applications not yet in the European phase is (are) published in accordance with the decision of 27 March 2020 amending Rule 142(2) EPC (Interruption of proceedings).

Release notes - November 2020

Improvements in the European Patent Register

  1. In line with user wishes, the following complementary information on appeals during examination or opposition procedures is now available in the sections About this file and Event history:
    • date of payment of the appeal fee
    • date of despatch of the decision of the board of appeal
  2. With effect from 1 July 2020, the date of stay/interruption and/or the date of resumption for PCT applications not yet in the European phase is (are) published in accordance with the decision of 27 March 2020 amending Rule 142(2) EPC (Interruption of proceedings).

Release notes - September 2020

A single Register Alert account now allows you to monitor up to 5 000 files (previously only 1 000).

Release notes - July 2020

We have placed a page limit on downloads via the All documents view (file inspection). This is to avoid performance and out-of-memory issues caused by the high number of download requests.

A restriction on the number of pages that can be downloaded is set to a maximum of 2 000 pages per download (Zip Archive or Selected documents).

Please note that if you use Zip Archive to download, the complete file will be downloaded, and not just the individual documents selected.

Patent documents, European patent applications (A documents) and specifications of granted European patents (B documents), containing more than 2 000 pages (including sequence listings) can be downloaded from the Publication Server.

Release notes - May 2019

  • URLs to the European Patent Register can now be based on either the EP application number or the EP publication number. Before, only the EP application number could be used.
  • The online help has been improved with a revised and expandable/collapsible index, which also includes additional topics (e.g. legal status and RSS feeds).
  • For PCT applications, a new event has been added to indicate changes to the applicant/inventor before the European phase (event name: "Change - applicant or inventor").
  • In the Register Alert service, the maximum number of characters in the description field for monitored applications has been increased from 50 to 100.

Release notes - May 2017

Global Dossier - individual and patent family member RSS feeds now available for patent monitoring

For some years now RSS feeds have been available for monitoring changes in EP dossiers, in the "All documents" section of the European Patent Register. Hovering over the RSS icon turns it red and clicking on it subscribes to the RSS feeds, allowing you to receive alerts on changes to the file (Fig. 1).

Fig. 1 RSS feed - EP dossier

Fig. 1 RSS feed - EP dossier

With the new European Patent Register release, the RSS feeds have been extended to Chinese dossiers of an INPADOC family member of an EP document. The RSS feed icon is located on the Global Dossier page of the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO) (Fig. 2).

SIPO Global Dossier RSS feed

Fig. 2 SIPO Global Dossier RSS feed

For a given European patent application you can access, within the Patent family section of the European Patent Register, its INPADOC patent family members and, for the participating countries, their dossiers via the Global Dossier link (see the help files for Global Dossier coverage).

RSS feeds are now available for patent family dossiers of an EP document, allowing you to receive alerts on dossier changes for EP and CN family members. Clicking on the RSS family dossiers icon turns it red and subscribes you in one move to changes in EP and CN dossiers, e.g. when new dossiers are added to any of the files (Fig. 3).

RSS feed - family dossiers

Fig. 3 RSS feed - family dossiers

In the future, the individual and family-based RSS alerts will be extended to the rest of the EP INPADOC family members of the patent offices participating in Global Dossier.

Release notes - November 2016

European Patent Register new features/improvements

1. Extension of the Global Dossier service

The Global Dossier service has now been extended to encompass further authorities participating in the WIPO CASE initiative.

In addition to patent application dossiers ("file wrappers") from the world's five largest patent offices, it now also includes public dossiers from the Canadian Patent Office as well as PCT applications.

2. Status history now available

In addition to the active status of an application, the European Patent Register now displays the status history of an application in the About this file panel view if you click the "Show history" button.

(a) Active status

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(b) Active status + history of statuses

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The "Status updated" date is the date when the status was last changed.

The status history is also provided as part of the XML data retrieved using the ST36 download functionality.

3. Date on which responsibility passes to the examining division

Within the framework of the "Programme for accelerated prosecution of European patent applications" (PACE), the date on which responsibility for an application passes to the examining division will be now notified via the European Patent Register for the sake of transparency and to help users requesting accelerated examination.[1] Accelerated examination can, in principle, be requested at any time once responsibility for the application has passed to the examining division.

Information on the date on which responsibility passed to the examining division is now displayed in the "EP About this file" panel view - in the "Examination procedure" section - and in the "EP Event history" panel view of the European Patent Register.

EP About this file

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EP Event history

Here the following events can be displayed:

  • Application deemed to be withdrawn
  • New entry
  • Change

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[1]See Rule 10 EPC and Guidelines for Examination in the EPO, C-II, 1.

Federated Register release notes

The Federated European Patent Register Service, available from within the European Patent Register, collects data from the designated contracting states "on the fly" and assembles it in a single display.

This display shows a minimum set of bibliographic and legal status data for European patents in the post-grant or "national" phase as retrieved by the EPO from the national registers of the designated states concerned.

The service can be accessed by clicking on the "Federated Register" link in the left-hand panel when viewing the patent document details.

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The overview page is divided into three sections.

I. Details of your selected patent document are shown at the top of the overview. These include:

  • Title
  • Application and publication number
  • Applicant name
  • International Patent Classification (IPC)

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II. This part shows bibliographic and legal status information from the national registers of the designated states that support the Federated Register service. You can get quick and easy access to the corresponding record in the national register by clicking on the country codes (not available for all countries).

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See the help files for more information on the data provided.

III. This section shows all the designated contracting and extension states, irrespective of whether or not they support the Federated Register service. Where available, deep linking is provided for access to further data and information. Once the validation agreements are in force, designated validation states will also be displayed in this section.

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Please note that the EPO does not accept any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of the data displayed, including but not limited to their completeness or fitness for specific purposes. For authoritative information, please refer to the relevant national patent authority.

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