Since release 1.10.0, searching for a document publication with a specific kind code displays the document with the relevant kind code instead of the earliest available publication of the application. This, however, is only the case when you search for individual documents. In the new release, the kind codes in the result list correspond fully to your search criteria. If you search for multiple documents (e.g. pn= EPB*), the Espacenet result list will display all publications matching the kind code specified.
Similar to the display format in classic Espacenet, the patent number is now shown with the selected application's other publication kind codes in brackets, e.g. EP0881463A2 (A3,B1,B8). This helps the user to quickly see which document stages have been published, e.g. to check whether an application has been granted or amended. Please note that the kind codes in brackets indicate the existence of a document, but in some jurisdictions (e.g. Japan), the publication numbers associated with the various kind codes may differ. You will find full information in the Published as section on the document pane. In the case of divisional applications, the result list only shows the publication of the selected application. The publication kind code of other divisional applications may be found in the Published as section on the Bibliographic data tab.
When you download and print a result list, Espacenet now includes all publications associated with an application (e.g. A1, B1, etc.) in the Publication number column - not just the earliest available publication.
Applicant names are standardised to a certain degree in Espacenet, combining the different spelling variants of the same applicant name. Espacenet now shows the non-standardised or original name if the standardised applicant name is missing.
In the Text and thumbnails view, the front-page drawings are now shown instead of a systematic display of the document's first drawings. This is to ensure the best representation of the invention as proposed by the applicant.
Analysis of large families with multiple citations is now more stable and responsive.
The list of patents in the Citations tab can be moved to the result list for further exploration. Non-patent literature citations cannot be explored any further. In the new release, the button for moving citations to the result list is masked out if only non-patent literature documents are cited.
Minor bug fixes and improvements not visible to the user are not described here.
See this forum entry for a list of known issues and workarounds.