A raw 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 raw data product is available in XML and PDF/A as frontfile and backfile data.
|Formats||Frontfile and backfile: XML ST36 and PDF/A|
|Volume||Frontfile: approx. 2.5 GB (zipped)
Backfile in XML(1978 -2016): approx. 1.9 TB (zipped)
|Delivery||Current data is available as a weekly download.
Publication takes place every Wednesday, at 14.00 hrs CET.
Backfile data is provided on a hard disk.
|Price||Subscription 2017 (download):
Annual service fee:
EP-A documents from 1978 to 2016
EP-B documents from 1980 to 2016
All documents in XML and PDF/A format
Data delivered on physical carrier
The terms and conditions for licensing of EPO databases apply (PDF, 101 KB).
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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