Patent Information : European Patent Office - EspaceNet
 

http://worldwide.espacenet.com/


EspaceNet has just been upgraded, access is provided at http://worldwide.espacenet.com/ this link allows access to the EPO's worldwide database which covers most material.

Each country provides a further database covering their own patents. This database is believed to cover only TWO YEARS worth of data.

The EPO's EspaceNet site provides the following full text patent documents on-line.

EspaceNet
Full Text Retrieval

US3557648+
GB940000+
EP1+
WO7800001+
FR2000002+
DE19627162+
CH492729+
1/1971
10/1963
12/1978
10/1978
8/1969
8/1997
6/1970

EspaceNet Offices

Austria
Belgium
Denmark
Europe
Finland
France
Greece
Ireland
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Netherlands
Portugal
Spain
Sweden
United Kingdom
German
French, Dutch
Danish
English, French, German
Finnish
French
Greek
English
French, German, Italian
French
Dutch
Portuguese
Spanish
Swedish
English
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EspaceNet provides a database which covers Japanese patent applications made by Japanese applicants. Again this is at http://worldwide.espacenet.com/

Images from JP 48025001 (April 1974)
Bibliographic Information from JP 51127546 (November 1976)
Bibliographic Information and first page images from JP 59010001 (January 1984)

Entry format is JPYYNNNNNN or JPYNNNNNN. Where YY is the year of the Emperor's reign.

EspaceNet has brought another database (B3) online. This B3 database provides the original equivalent patent applications to also be retrieved and displayed. These are available in PDF format as an image. The coverage is,

EspaceNet
Full Image Retrieval

US1500001+
GB700001+
EP1+
WO7800001+
FR2000002+
DE19625956+
CH492729+
AT276701B
BE817911
DK111000B
ES335650
FI40001B
GR89100061
IE31812
IT1064751
JP48025001
LU27693
NL6400001
SE300001
1/1924
11/1953
12/1978
10/1978
8/1969
1/1998
6/1970
12/1969
1/1976
4/1968
4/1968
5/1968
6/1991
6/1971
1/1979
4/1974
6/1945
7/1965
11/1970

EspaceNet Offices

Austria
Belgium
Denmark
Europe
Finland
France
Greece
Ireland
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Netherlands
Portugal
Spain
Sweden
United Kingdom
German
French, Dutch
Danish
English, French, German
Finnish
French
Greek
English
French, German, Italian
French
Dutch
Portuguese
Spanish
Swedish
English
Coverage
Info
Help

You can access all these applications by doing a number search. The B2 database will present a Bibliographic page for that patent family. This page has a number of fields, which are, the requested patent, the patent {presented}, and equivalent {patent application} fields. Click on the quivalent or requested patent button, this will access the B3 database and retrieve the original filing and displays this in PDF format, readable by Acrobat Reader.

In determining the choice of the reference document in English, the EPO selects them based on the following selection order, the EP document in English, then the first US document published, then the first GB document published, etc.

Also when viewing EP applications, if the SR button is present then the search report for that application is also available. If not try the B3 database as that might have the search report.

We can enter multiple keywords and IPC marks and generate a search result listing. We can look at the abstracts and then immediately go and look at the full text of the patent. This site, the USPTO & IBM would seem to be the sites of choice for patent searching on the web.

The EPO now provides a European Patents Server which supplies whole PDF documents for EP Applications from January 2004 ~EP1,200,000.

European Patent Office Patent Information
European Publications Server (Whole PDF Documents)

The EPO is now providing online access to the correspondance of their case files.

EPOline - Online File Inspection

 

 

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