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user interfaces of Espacenet, the European Patent Register and the European Publication
Server are for human users only. They are not intended for bulk data retrieval.
Please note the
threshold for individual users (IP addresses) is 10 search-related actions per
searches (robots) are not supported and may result in access being denied. For
automated queries please use the corresponding REST interfaces.
users encountering problems due to the service's robot-detection feature should
contact the EPO using the "contact" links in the relevant
For automated queries, such as automated data retrieval (by robots) or access via third-party portals, please use the REST interfaces of the European Publication Server and Open Patent Services (OPS).
Please note the
you need extremely large sets of data, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We offer a range of options to meet your
bulk data needs.
- To use the REST API of the European Publication Server, the limit for a given IP address is set to 4GB of download in any sliding window of 7 days.
both the European Publication Server and OPS, the maximum traffic volume
allowed is approximately 1 Mbit per second. The maximum data volume, connection
rates and other access conditions may vary depending on operational
recommend scheduling data retrieval activities by robots between 19.00 and
07.00 hrs GMT or at weekends.
use OPS (whether for simple testing or for more substantial access), you will
need to register and accept the terms and conditions for the use of OPS. See the OPS page for further information and registration.
Downloading data via OPS is free of charge up to a maximum data volume of 4GB per week ("free threshold"). A week is a calendar week from Monday 00.00 hrs to Sunday 24.00 hrs Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
volume in excess of the free threshold weekly limit, a flat rate (yearly
subscription) applies. See the brochure "EPO Patent Information Products and Services - Price list" for further details.