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receive notification when an application is published, you can sign up for the free Register Alert service and add the unpublished application to your monitoring list.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 service in the EP Register that provides data on the legal status of an EP patent document in the national phase, also known as the post-grant phase. The Federated Register panel displays – in a single overview – the legal status of a patent in the designated contracting and extension states offering the service during the national phase. If validation states have been designated, they are listed in the section National patent registers below the overview. Most country codes have deep links to the corresponding record in the national patent register so you can access the legal status information at source for legal certainty. The Federated Register is a significant legal source of information for patent professionals such as patent attorneys, IP consultants and industry representatives.
Country codes that are underlined and marked with an arrow in the Register are connected direct via deep linking to the corresponding national patent register record and legal status information.
For legal certainty in the national phase, always refer to the information in the national patent registers. Please note that deep links may not be available for every country. Read more on the EPO webpages under Data coverage.
For each designated contracting state offering the Federated Register service you will be able to view:
Based on data provided by a national patent 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 per Register Alert account and have the alert notifications sent to five different email addresses.
To make full use of all the features in Register Alert, you must have either Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher or Mozilla Firefox 1.0 or higher.
Please follow this link to request a new password or a user name reminder:
For outgoing communications: email alert notifications are sent once the events in question are coded by the EPO. Depending on the procedure, the communications to which the events refer are accessible in All documents, either on the same day or with a few days' delay. For more information on this, see Register events.
For incoming communications: alert notifications are sent once the communications in question are coded by the EPO. This explains why a document in All documents can have a date that precedes the date of the Register Alert notification.
No, you cannot delete a profile yourself. However, you can stop receiving email notifications by deactivating the checkbox in Monitored applications -> 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. For more information on this, see Register events.