The European Patent Register is the place where the European Patent Office stores all the publicly accessible information on European patents and patent applications in the various stages of the grant procedure.
The European Patent Register is free of charge.
The European Patent Register contains all the publicly available information on European patent applications as they pass through the grant procedure, including oppositions, patent attorney/EPO correspondence and more.
You can use the Register to:
European patent applications are generally published 18 months after the date of filing or the earliest priority date. Prior to publication the application is kept confidential by the patent office.
New EP applications are published once a week (usually on Wednesday at 14.00 hrs CET).
To receive notification when an application is published, you can sign up for the free Register Alert service and add the unpublished application to your monitoring list. Read more about Register Alert.
The EPO publishes a divisional application as soon as possible after its filing. However, at least five weeks are needed for technical preparations before publication.
You can choose between two types of search: Advanced search and Smart search:
Advanced search allows you to assemble a complex search query by combining 14 different search criteria. For each search criterion you can enter multiple search terms.
Smart search allows you to enter a single search term or a combination of search terms, including names, dates and classification symbols (e.g. coffee machines filed by Jura). You can also search for patent documents by application number, publication number or priority number.
The Federated Register is a new section built into the EP Register that provides data on the legal status of an EP patent document in the national phase. A single click takes you to a clear overview of the registers of all the designated contracting states. This is especially interesting for patent professionals, such as patent attorneys, IP consultants or industry representatives.
For the moment only the EPC member states provide data to the Federated Register service.
When a country code has an arrow and is underlined, you can click on it to go directly to that country's register:
Please note that links may not be available for every country.
For each designated contracting state offering this service you will be able to view:
Based on data provided by a national register, the “invalidation date” displayed could be one of the following dates, in this order:
The rights conferred by the patent are no longer in force (as from the date indicated).
Register Alert is a service within the European Patent Register which allows you to monitor most changes to files due to procedural actions during the European patent procedure. You can monitor up to a thousand files of your choice per user name and password. As part of the service, you can choose to have Register Alert send you and up to four other addressees an e-mail every time there is a change to one of files you are monitoring that triggers a Register event.
To be able to use all the features in Register Alert without restriction, you must have either Internet Explorer 6.0 upwards or Mozilla Firefox 1.0 upwards.
Please follow this link to request a new password or a user name reminder:
No, you cannot delete a profile yourself. However, you can stop receiving e-mail notifications by deactivating the checkbox in Preferences -> Notification.
A Register event is a procedural action taken by any party to the proceedings and involving a coding (addition, deletion, change of data) that can trigger an entry in the European Patent Register.
Register Alert notifications are triggered when events are processed by the EPO's system. The documents to which the events relate become available in the All documents section one day after the date of despatch.
For outgoing communications: Alert notifications are triggered once the event is coded by the EPO, and the documents to which the communications referate, are visible
For incoming communications: Register Alert notifications are triggered once the communications are coded by the EPO. That explains why a document in All documents might have a date that precedes the date of the Register Alert notification.