With its worldwide coverage and simple search features, Espacenet offers free access to information about inventions and technical developments from 1836 to today.National patent offices' databases
Espacenet is accessible to beginners and experts and is updated daily. It contains data on more than 100 million patent documents from around the world. Supporting information can help you understand whether a patent has been granted and if it is still in force.
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When you use Espacenet, you also have access to a number of helpful tools and resources.
Classification search is a powerful tool for you if you need to retrieve patent publications in a particular technical area. Classification search in Espacenet helps you to find suitable classification symbols for your search, and then to apply in the search itself.
Applicants often file patent applications for the same invention at multiple patent offices. Global Dossier brings these documents together in one place, to give you access to the correspondence (or “file wrapper”) between applicants/attorneys and the offices concerned for Canadian, Chinese, European, Japanese, Korean, US and PCT applications. It also offers you automatic machine translations of Chinese, Japanese and Korean documents into English.
Global Dossier is available from the European Patent Register and Espacenet.
The Common Citation Document (CCD) tool provides a single point of access to citation data for the patent applications of the largest five IP offices (IP5).
This tool consolidates the prior art cited by all participating offices for the family members of a patent application, showing the search results from different offices on a single page.