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September 2014

According to EPO:[1]

The Global dossier service was launched in June 2014, for the European Patent Register, and is now accessible via Espacenet. The advantage is that many more filewrappers are made available in Espacenet via the Global dossier. Espacenet gives access to all available documents, whereas filewrappers in the Register have to have an EP family member. For example a Chinese patent application having a Chinese priority filing and no other family member, can be retrieved in Espacenet. Currently the Global dossier service is active for Chinese patent applications filed as from 10 February 2010 via the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO). The filewrappers are visible in Espacenet within four weeks of their publication at SIPO.

According to the Patent Information News:[2]

'Global Dossier' provides a full file inspection (also known as 'file wrapper') service for patent applications from the EPO and the State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO). Over the next two years, the EPO’s Global Dossier service will be extended to include file wrapper data from the US Patent and Trademark Office, the Japan Patent Office and the Korean Intellectual Property Office. At the end of this period, all IP5 Offices will fully participate, offering their own interface to data from all five offices.

The basic concept is to identify family members of a particular patent application in the IP5 offices and to provide a direct link to the public part of the procedural file in each of them. A machine translation facility will help users to understand the various languages that occur in the documentation.

As a first step, the new service covers all the publicly available data for invention patent application files at SIPO from 2010 onwards. For European patent applications, the Global Dossier data is the same as that currently available within the European Patent Register. SIPO’s machine translation service provides English translations of any original Chinese documents.

'The launch of the EPO’s Global Dossier Service is a major step forward in efforts to provide users with a single point of access to information on how their applications are progressing at different patent offices around the world,’ said EPO President Benoit Batistelli. ‘This should help them to managetheir related applications more efficiently, bringing time and cost savings. I am very pleased that the EPO and SIPO are at the forefront of this initiative, which is a fruit of our strategic partnership’.

December 2013

According to the EPO:[3]

The European Patent Office (EPO) today added the final set of languages to its free machine translation service Patent Translate, one year ahead of schedule. The service now offers on-the-fly-translation of patent documents for all 28 official languages of the EPO's 38 member states, plus Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian. It is accessible on the EPO's free online patent database Espacenet and the European publication server. Launched in February 2012 and integrated into Espacenet and the European publication server, Patent Translate was set up to provide multilingual access to the EPO's vast collection of patent documents. There are currently around 12,000 translation requests per day on Patent Translate. The EPO's Espacenet now contains more than 88 million patent documents from around the world.

September 2013

The EPO announced that Patent Translate can now support Russian language machine translations.[4]

In addition, users can now export up to 500 records from Espacenet at one time. More information is available in the Patent Information News, Issue 3, 2013. http://documents.epo.org/projects/babylon/eponet.nsf/0/5DDD822B20E4B011C1257BE9002B2CE6/$File/patent_information_news_0313_en.pdf

June 2013

According to the EPO:[5]

The EPO and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) today announced the launch of the Japanese-English component of the EPO's automatic translation service Patent Translate. This means more than a million Japanese patent documents available via the EPO's global patent database Espacenet can now be instantly translated into English free-of-charge at the click of a mouse. This major step offers access to Japanese patents in the full-text version, while Japanese inventors can read European patents in their own language.


April 2013

According to the Espacenet homepage, there is now a direct link to the CCD (Common Citation Document) from the Espacenet INPADOC family view.[6]

When viewing a record on Espacenet, users can select the "Inpadoc patent family" link in the record menu. At the top of the family list, to the far right on the horizontal list of menu options, users can select the CCD icon to open the CCD viewer in a new window, displaying all documents cited by the EPO, JPO and USPTO in the search process for applications for the same invention (of the INPADOC patent family) pending simultaneously at the three Offices.[7] Additionally, an option to "Show Citations" while viewing the INPADOC family list allows viewers to display an initial list of patent citations for each family member directly in the family list.


March 2013

The Espacenet Assistant is a new interactive teaching tool that displays interactive information about patent data, searching, and the Espacenet system itself. The tool has an overarching "pinning" tool that makes it easy for users to collect useful tidbits for later, and features interactive exercises in each section to reinforce learning.

January 2013

According to an email from an EPO representative:[8]

The expressions "PRS" and "PFS" need to be removed from many EPO systems. The products that were bearing these names in the past have changed and these words have become obsolete.

Some of you have automated the retrieval and processing of these tables. Therefore, we would like to inform you that the DOCDB and Legal Status statistics on the EPO website in the section "Useful tables and statistics" will no longer have document names "PRS_YYWW" or "PFS_YYWW" as of week 6/2013. The tables will be renamed to "DOCDB_YYWW" and "LS_YYWW" as of Thursday 07 February 2013.

Please note that "PRS Date" and "PRS Code" will be removed from the Legal Status section in Espacenet in due course.

According to the EPO website, "Thanks to a joint effort (EPO/WIPO/OEPM) on the LATIPAT project, we are pleased to announce the addition of a new country: El Salvador (SV) in the EPO's Worldwide Legal Status Database."[9] See the full announcement here, with a description of the four new legal status codes.


December 2012

According to Issue 4/2012 of the Patent Information News:[10]

The introduction of the CPC is a major change, so the EPO will be doing all it can to help you through the transition period. There will be comprehensive CPC help files on Espacenet, and we will be organising numerous training courses. Keep an eye out for more details on courses and e-learning modules as they are announced. Just go to www.epo.org/pi-training.

The events calendar on the EPO website also provides information on courses about the CPC, including some offered by non-EPO companies and organisations: www.epo.org/search-events.

The Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) search tool is now available on Espacenet under the "Classification search" option. The tool allows users to keyword search or browse through the CPC hierarchy, view code definitions, notes, and warnings, and select codes to add to the Advanced search form or search directly for patent records. The Quick Help section of Espacenet gives the following description of the different buttons displayed on the CPC classification search tool:[11]

From left to right, the different buttons allow you to customise the browser and select the arrows to display the symbols on the left and the titles on the right, or vice versa; toggle between an indented dot hierarchy and a tree structure; see where IPC texts start and finish (CPC text is highlighted in green); select whether notes and warnings are visible or not; and select whether the revision dates are shown or whether the references are visible and display the CPC 2000 indexing area.

The homepage of the Espacenet portal states that the EPO will provide a number of training tools to help Espacenet users adjust to the CPC:[12]

The introduction of the CPC is a major change, so we will be doing all we can to help you through the transition period. There will be comprehensive CPC help files on Espacenet, and we will be organising numerous training courses. Keep an eye out for more details on courses and e-learning modules as they are announced. Just go to this page.

The events calendar on the EPO website also provides information on courses about the CPC, including some offered by non-EPO companies and organisations.

Take a look at www.cpcinfo.org. Jointly managed by the EPO and the USPTO, it provides a useful overview of the Cooperative Patent Classification and will feature more and more information as entry into force (01.01.2013) approaches.


Cooperative Patent Classification search tool.


According to the EPO website:[13]

Breaking new ground in providing access to the most comprehensive technological information, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO) today launched the Chinese-English component of the EPO's free automatic translation service Patent Translate.

As a result, the collections of the two largest languages in patents are now united as full-text documents on the same website through the EPO's global patent database, Espacenet, and linguistically accessible for innovators from both regions using a single tool, Patent Translate. Under the new arrangement with SIPO, Espacenet has grown by 4 million Chinese language documents, adding to the 75 million documents already available.

Read the full press release here.


November 2012

The EPO newsletter, issue 21/2012 made a brief announcement about updates to Espacenet:[14]

A number of bugs have been fixed and software changes made to make the latest version of Espacenet more efficient for users.


October 2012

This update has occurred since our last review. During our next scheduled update, this article will be revised to include a description of the newly added content and features.

The EPO website announced the introduction of seven new languages to the Patent Translate service on Espacenet:[15]

In a move to further improve multilingual access to information contained in patent documents, the European Patent Office (EPO) today made available a second set of European languages in its free automatic translation service Patent Translate. With the addition of Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Norwegian and Polish, the service now enables on-the-fly-translation from, and into, English for thirteen languages and is accessible on the EPO's free online patent database, Espacenet.

The EPO made the following announcement on October 1, 2012 about the progress of the development of the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC):[16]

The European Patent Office (EPO) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) are pleased to announce that the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) scheme and some finalised CPC definitions are now available in preparation for the 1 January 2013 official launch. The CPC is a joint project aimed at developing a common classification scheme for technical documents, in particular patent publications, which will be used by both offices in the patent granting process.

The EPO and USPTO have worked jointly to develop CPC, and the results are now being made available through a "CPC launch package" which includes the complete CPC scheme, any finalised CPC definitions and an ECLA-to-CPC-to-IPC concordance.


September 2012

This update has occurred since our last review. During our next scheduled update, this article will be revised to include a description of the newly added content and features.

According to an EPO Newsletter, the following new features were released on Espacenet:[17]

  • Group related search fields
  • Use expandable search fields
  • Browser-supported spell checker
  • Improved on-screen contrast
  • Keyboard shortcuts

According to Issue 3/2012 of the Patent Information News:[18]

  • In early December 2012, Espacenet switches from ECLA to CPC. "From this time on, it will no longer be possible to search on Espacenet using ECLA symbols."
  • A new Espacenet Assistant (online training course) will be released towards the end of 2012.

A recent edition of the EPO Newsletter announced that "in addition to the English, French and German language versions of the standard Espacenet user interface, Chinese, Japanese and Korean language versions are now also available." You can see the full list of available languages here.[19]


August 2012

This update has occurred since our last review. During our next scheduled update, this article will be revised to include a description of the newly added content and features.

The EPO website announced the introduction of Peruvian (PE) data in the EPO worldwide legal status database (INPADOC):

We are pleased to inform you that in week 37/2012, PE legal status data from January 2007 will be uploaded with the following legal events:

PE FA - ABANDONMENT OR WITHDRAWAL
PE FC - REFUSAL
PE FD - APPLICATION DECLARED VOID OR LAPSED
PE FG + GRANT, REGISTRATION
PE FX - VOLUNTARY WITHDRAWAL

These codes are listed in the Useful Tables Section under Legal status codes in English.

According to the EPO website:[20]

The entry into force of the EPO-SIPO agreement on the electronic exchange of priority documents (PDX agreement) on 3 September 2012 marks a major milestone in bilateral co-operation between the European Patent Office and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO).

Under the agreement, priority documents are exchanged via the PDX system over PatNet, using the Trilateral Data Access protocol (TDA).


July 2012

According to the Patent Information News Issue 2, 2012:[21]

  • The EPO has already drafted more than 300 CPC definitions and passed them on to the USPTO. They will be published once the two offices have agreed on their content. A first batch of definitions will be made available together with the CPC launch scheme on 1 October 2012. The rest will be published over the following months.
  • Two new classification schemes can help you pinpoint developments in clean energy and smart grid technologies. Created specifically to identify documentation, mostly patents, in these rapidly emerging fields, the new "tags" are freely available in databases on the web, such as Espacenet – www.epo.org/espacenet.

    The schemes were developed at the EPO in co-operation with experts from the IEEE Standards Association and the OECD, as well as from European industrial associations, national public institutions and universities. Structured in an easy-to-use and intuitive way, they comprise hundreds of different tags covering hundreds of thousands of patents and relating specifically to clean energy (the "Y02" scheme) and smart grid technologies (the "Y04" scheme).

May 2012

This update has occurred since our last review. During our next scheduled update, this article will be revised to include a description of the newly added content and features.

According to the EPO website:[22]

The EPO and the Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) have agreed to enhance co-operation in the promotion of innovation by enabling machine translation of patents from and into Russian. Under the Agreement signed in Moscow today, Rospatent and the EPO will exchange full-text versions of patent documents in Russian and English to create bilingual text corpora for use in the free Patent Translate service on the EPO's website.


April 2012

This update has occurred since our last review. During our next scheduled update, this article will be revised to include a description of the newly added content and features.

There has been a major release of new features, bug fixes, detailed changes affecting the user interface, and backend system changes to the European Patent Register. See this page on the EPO website for more information.[23]

According to the Espacenet homepage:[24]

Just before Easter, 47 marketing experts from 29 different patent offices came together in Vienna to discuss plans for Espacenet. Hot topics were:

According to the EPO website:[25]

EPO databases now include US citations earlier in the patent granting procedure. Previously citations were only available with the publication of the granted patent. Now, not only will the EPO receive the citation data prior to grant, but the data will also be more complete since the citations for published applications withdrawn before grant will also be available.

Example:

For publication US2011/259225, the citation US6857370 which is indicated in the "Notice of References Cited" dated 16 November 2011 will be available directly into the examiner's search tools and retrievable in Espacenet.

These citations correspond to those mentioned in the action "Notice of References Cited" (USPTO form 892) when using the USPTO file wrapper.

The new data goes back to 28 October 2011, and corresponds to a total of 180 000 actions including 900 000 citations. The citations will also be available in the Common Citation Document, the patent information tool consolidating prior art cited by all participating offices for the family members of a patent application.

The delivery of the citations allows US applicants to be exempted, under Rule 141(2) EPC, from the obligation of filing a copy of search results under Rule 141(1) EPC for secondary filling at the EPO.

According to the EPO website:[26]

With a view to supporting innovation through improved use of the patent system, the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) of Brazil and the EPO have today signed a bilateral agreement aimed at enhancing co-operation between the two offices. Amongst other activities, the INPI and EPO will, under the agreement, exchange patent documents in Portuguese and English to create bilingual text corpora for use in the free Patent Translate service on the EPO's website.


March 2012

This update has occurred since our last review. During our next scheduled update, this article will be revised to include a description of the newly added content and features.

According to an email from the Patent Data Services Team of the DOCDB:[27]

We are pleased to announce that from week 13 onwards, we will be able to provide additional citations for US patent documents. As of next week the references cited by the examiners during the granting procedure for US-A1 pre-grant publications will be added to the DOCDB Amend. These cited references will be identified by value "PRS" in attribute "srep-phase". "PRS" stands for "PRe-Search".

According to the Flash News updates for Espacenet:[28]

Publications from the Republic of Serbia were loaded in to DocDb with the inclusion of leading letters in the Publication Number e.g. "RS P20100342 A" or "RS MP1195 U". A re-key operation has taken place to remove the letters whereby RS publications can now be searched on a pure numerical basis "RS 20100342 A" or "RS 1195 U". To perform a search on the basis of application and priority number, the leading letters should still be included. For example:
  • Publication number RS 1620100342 A: Application Number RS P20100342: Priority Number RS P20100342
  • Publication number RS 1195 U: Application number RS MP20100048U: Priority number RS MP20100048U
B publications have been unaffected by this re-key operation.


February 2012

This update has occurred since our last review. During our next scheduled update, this article will be revised to include a description of the newly added content and features.

According to the EPO website:[29]

In a major step to improve access to patent documents in multiple languages the EPO today launched a new machine translation service, called patent translate, on the EPO's website. The service uses Google's Translate technology and enables translation from and to English for French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Swedish, covering approximately 90% of all patents issued in Europe. By the end of 2014, the service will also be able to translate patents from and into all 28 languages of the EPO member states, as well as Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian.

Patent Translate can be accessed from this page on the EPO website, via Espacenet or via the European Publication Server. The EPO website gives the following instructions for using Patent Translate on Espacenet:[30]

  1. Find a patent document in Espacenet.
  2. Choose the part you want to translate - abstract, description or claims.
  3. Select the target language, and click the patent translate button.
  4. Once you see the translation, you can mouse-over to see the original text sentence by sentence.
According to The Patent Search Blog:[31]
The free Espacenet database has recently expanded its coverage of US patents before 1920. It has been possible for a long time to search from 1836 by patent number, but now options by class, title or name may be possible.

For more information, see this blog post.

According to the EPO website:[32]

In a landmark step towards increased use of worldwide patent information on the internet, the Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office (JPO), Yoshiyuki Iwai, and the President of the European Patent Office (EPO), Benoît Battistelli, have signed an agreement which will provide users of the patent system with better machine translations of patents from Japanese into English and then into German and French. The agreement significantly enhances the scope and quality of Espacenet, the public patent information service on the EPO website, by adding an automatic translation tool.


January 2012

This update has occurred since our last review. During our next scheduled update, this article will be revised to include a description of the newly added content and features.

According to the EPO website, "on 26 January 2012, legal status information from Japan became available in Espacenet, Open Patent Services and as part of the 'Worldwide legal status' raw data product."[33] A table of Japanese legal status codes and examples of the legal status data are available on the EPO website.

The following features were listed under "Release notes & known issues":[34]

  • Also published as paper documents - The problem with searches failing if an equivalent document had an Espacenet unknown field in the system has been solved.
  • Search statements (Smart Search) - The former presentation of search statements has been restored.
  • Claim parser - The claim parser now ignores tags wrapping claim numbers, for example RTI.
  • Export all citations - When exporting lists, not all citations for all of the documents in the result lists were exported. This error has been fixed.
  • Session time-out - If your session during the browsing of a results list is idle for 20 minutes, a message will appear on your screen and you will be taken back to the first page of that result list. You can then continue working with your result list. You now no longer have to restart your browser.
  • Wild cards - The wild card rules are now identical for searching in both the worldwide database and the EP database. The ? wild card mode has been corrected to allow 0 or 1 characters.
  • RSS local handling - The RSS feed function has been enhanced so that it can also handle the French and German languages on the French and German interfaces.
  • Printing - It is now also possible to print a document while in "Maximised view".

December 2011

This update has occurred since our last review. During our next scheduled update, this article will be revised to include a description of the newly added content and features.

According to the Patent Information News:[35]

The big news item for the November 2011 release of Espacenet is the introduction of ECLA tooltips. If you hover over an ECLA classification term in a bibliographic view or result list, a pop-up appears which shows you where the ECLA term is in the ECLA hierarchy. An option within the tooltip is to view the clipped images from documents in that classification, and you can navigate forwards and backwards through that set of documents, viewing the images as you go.

The highlighting of search terms has also been introduced, but you can turn this feature off if you want, in the "Settings" option. You can also opt to save your search queries (ticked by default) and turn off the ECLA tooltips.

According to the Patent Information News:[35]

From the beginning of 2012, legal status events for Japanese patents and utility models dating back to the beginning of April 2011 will be uploaded in the database. Here are just a few examples of events that are to be included:
  • decisions to grant (JP A01)
  • fee payments (JP FPAY)
  • requests for licences (JP S201)

For more information take a look at "Legal status codes in English" in the code list for Japan in the "Useful Tables" section of the EPO website at www.epo.org/searching/essentials/data/tables.html.

According to the Patent Information News:[35]

When the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) enters into force at the beginning of 2013, the EPO will have converted all the ECLA (European Classification System) symbols for the documents in its collection to the new CPC symbols (see Patent Information News 1/2011). The USPTO and the EPO have just launched a website at www.cpcinfo.org that explains the new CPC.

According to the Patent Information News:[35]

WIPO has announced a revision of the International Patent Classification (IPC) scheme that will enter into force on 1 January 2012.

For full details go to www.wipo.int/ipcpub/. Set the "Version" in the left-hand column to 2012.01 and then click on the "Compilation" tag. A French version is available in the "Language" menu in the left-hand column.

[...] The EPO will update the IPC symbols for all the documents in its databases in time for the entry into force of the revision on 1 January. It will also endeavour to bring its own ECLA classification symbols into line with the new IPC as speedily as possible.

According to the Patent Information News:[35]

Please send all your questions about raw data products and OPS to patentdata@epo.org. The inpadocservices@epo.org, ops@epo.org and infowien@epo.org addresses are no longer in use.

According to the STNewsline for December 2011, recent changes for INPADOC legal enhancements include:[36]

  • Legal Status Data from Argentina are now available - The European Patent Office takes a considerable effort to expand the coverage of patent data from Latin America. Most recently legal status data from Argentina have been added to the INPADOC legal status collection. The coverage goes back to 2004 and includes 5 different legal status events referring to e.g. the lapse or refusal of a patent application. Please use the EXPAND command for the legal status code field /LSC to see which codes are available for Argentina => E AR/LSC.
  • Coverage of Taiwanese patent publications has been enhanced - The coverage of Taiwanese patent publications has been significantly enhanced for recent years. Taiwanese unexamined patent applications (TW A documents) have now been added to INPADOC with a publication date from 2008 to 2011, including English titles and abstracts and IPC- and European patent classification codes (ECLA, ICO).
  • New Citation Category introduced by European Patent Office - The European Patent Office applies citation categories to patent and NPL citations to indicate the level of relevance of a particular examiner citation. A new category has been introduced for cited patent and NPL references referring to patent publications with a publication date from April 2011 onwards. The new category “I” indicates a citation of particular relevance and has a similar meaning to category “x”:
    • category I – particularly relevant if taken alone, prejudicing inventive step
    • category X - particularly relevant if taken alone, prejudicing novelty

      Citation categories are searchable using the search field /CAT and can be linked with cited patent numbers (/PN.D) , e.g.
      => S WO 2006042305 /PN.D(S)(X OR I)/CAT

According to the EPO Newsletter:[37]

The November release includes the following new features:
  • a redesigned bibliographic page allowing you to read more without scrolling;
  • highlighting for search terms;
  • "tooltips", i.e. pop-up windows providing ECLA information and enabling you to navigate through clipped images;
  • an improved settings menu;
  • a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) you can use to search for selected non-patent literature.
According to the EPO Newsletter:[37]
The TDA XML feed currently available from the European Patent Register will be discontinued at the end of the year. In 2012 only the ST.36 XML download will be available.

According to the EPO Newsletter:[37]

For some time, the EPO has been using – internally, not in the search reports themselves – the "I" citation category to indicate documents which, taken alone, cast doubt on inventive step. Since August, we have now made this new category available to the public in the European Patent Register.

According to the EPO website:[38]

In an unprecedented move to eliminate linguistic barriers in public access to patent information, the EPO and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO) at their annual bilateral co-operation meeting held in Chongqing, signed an agreement which will have a striking impact for the improvement of the global patent system and the dissemination of technological information in the world.

Both offices agreed to work together to assure that by next year automatic Chinese-English machine translation tools for patents are available to the public. The service will be free of charge and easily accessible through Internet.


November 2011

This update has occurred since our last review. During our next scheduled update, this article will be revised to include a description of the newly added content and features.

According to the latest EPO newsletter, a web application called the Common Citation Document (CCD) allows users to search for and view "all documents cited by the EPO, JPO and USPTO in the search process for applications for the same invention pending simultaneously at the three Offices."[39]

According to the latest EPO newsletter, "from the end of November, the EPO will cease to provide support for users of Espacenet and the European Patent Register using Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6 web browser."[39]

The European Patent Register now appears to have a similar interface to Espacenet. The homepage of the European Patent Register displays this message:[40]

Welcome to a new look and a new name. The old Register Plus is now the European Patent Register. The new European Patent Register delivers exactly the same information as before: procedural information for patent applications handled by the EPO, online file inspection (click on the "all documents" tab) and legal status information for the national phase. Nothing added, nothing taken away, except that it is all packaged in a newly designed user interface. The new design offers improved layout, usability, ergonomics and navigation, using contemporary design criteria, which we've implemented in consultation with the user community.

According to an announcement from INPADOC services:[41]

Side-effects of CPC preparation work in future deliveries - We are taking this opportunity to inform you that the volumes of the exchange "amend" files might increase considerably in the coming weekly deliveries. This is due to re-classification work needed to prepare the transition from ECLA to CPC. Within the CPC project, the EPO examiners have been requested to review and modify a large number of ECLA classes up to the freezing of the ECLA scheme on 1 July 2012. This re-classification work however cannot be predicted. It could impact a considerable numbers of documents, thus leading to a marked increase of DOCDB XML weekly exchange files up to June 2012. Please consult the newly opened website dedicated to CPC for background information and details on the planning of this project.


October 2011

This update has occurred since our last review. During our next scheduled update, this article will be revised to include a description of the newly added content and features.

According to the EPO website, maintenance releases of Open Patent Services (OPS) and Espacenet took place on October 20, 2011, and the release affects the SOAP and RESTful architectures.[42]


September 2011

This update has occurred since our last review. During our next scheduled update, this article will be revised to include a description of the newly added content and features.

According to an announcement from INPADOC services:[43]

The recently cancelled second phase of the JP rekey exercise, originally scheduled for 25 June, will now take place on 29 September 2011 and be delivered in DOCDB exchange of week 40.
  • 1. part: The bulk of this rekey will affect the remaining JP publication numbers (prior to 2000) where the Japanese T-kind code publications will be rekeyed to A kind code. The sequence numbers of the publications prior to 2000 will also be re-formatted in the operation as detailed in the following algorithm:
    • ex : JP 1500001 T
    • will become JP H01500001 A as the application sequence number is 50223387
  • 2. part: At the same time we will take the opportunity to include another small rekey into this operation regarding the JP-U and JP-T1 publications.
According to the EPO website:[44]
In week 37/2011, AR legal status data from January 2000 will be uploaded with the following legal events:
  • AR FA - ABANDONMENT OR WITHDRAWAL
  • AR FB - SUSPENSION OF GRANTING PROCEDURE
  • AR FC - REFUSAL
  • AR FD - APPLICATION DECLARED VOID OR LAPSED, E.G., DUE TO NON-PAYMENT OF FEE
  • AR FG + GRANT; REGISTRATION
According to an announcement from INPADOC Services:[45]
After the major system changes at the DPMA and the recommencement of German data uploads in the EPO DOCDB database, there are still a few technical issues that need resolving.
  • Utility models (Gebrauchsmuster) - "Bekanntmachungstag" and "Eintragungstag"
    • We have recently been made aware of issues with the exchange of Eintragungstag - date of public availability - and Bekanntmachungstag - date of legal effect - of DE utility models.
    • the publication date in <publication-reference> has inadvertently been populated with the "Bekanntmachungstag" where it should have been populated with the "Eintragungstag".
    • the data element <date-of-coming-into-force> - that should contain the "Bekanntmachungstag" - has not been included in the exchange at all.
  • We have resolved the issues related to the publication date. In this week's exchange you will find the correct publication dates for DE utility models that have been delivered to us by the DPMA since week 25. Our processes have been modified to include the correct publication date for newly published DE utility models.
  • With regards to the issues with data element "date-of-coming-into-force", we are still working on a solution. Until that time - unfortunately - we will not be able to include this element in the exchange. As soon as these issues will have been resolved, all DE utility models since week 25 that were missing this element will be re-exchanged. We will keep you informed.
  • We trust you appreciate that we are making every effort to recover from this situation and have these dates exchanged as they were before:
    • "Eintragungstag" as the publication date in <publication-reference>
    • "Bekanntmachungstag" in <date-of-coming-into-force>
  • DE-D publications missing
    • The "D" documents are currently unavailable. We will keep you informed when the delivery of these records have been resumed.
  • DE publications with publication date 01-09-2011 were not available in week 35/2011
    • The delay in loading the DE data for week 35/2011 was partially linked to the issue with the utility models.
  • Due to crucial corrections in the program, the upload of the German data was stopped in order to prevent further batches of erroneous DE data being loaded into the database.
  • The 01-09-2011 publications will be included in this week's exchange in DOCDB-201136-CreateDelete-PubDate20110902AndBefore-DE-0001.zip
  • The 08-09-2011 publications will be included in this week's exchange in DOCDB-201136-CreateDelete-PubDate20110908-DE-0001.zip
PLEASE NOTE: It is likely, that from time to time, there will be further delays, problems, missing or erroneous data and interruptions in the regular weekly uploads because of some of the issues the EPO is facing since the major data overhaul that had to be put into place to facilitate the reloading of the German data.


August 2011

This update has occurred since our last review. During our next scheduled update, this article will be revised to include a description of the newly added content and features.

The EPO site lists "advantages of the new German data" recently incorporated into EPO database services and products:[46]

  • utility models now included
  • more legal events
  • some information available earlier
  • effective date available for some events
  • modern carefully structured programs which will be easier to adapt in the future
  • The EPO has prepared a list of German procedural status codes indicating newly added legal status events

The EPO website states that as of August 2, 2011, "we are once again able to load new German data to the EPO's database services and raw data products."[47] The EPO website also adds that:[47]

  • Bibliographic data from weeks 25 to 29 (22 June to 21 July) will be available on Espacenet in the coming days and we expect to be back to timely regular production in the next weeks.
  • Bibliographic data in EPO's raw data products will be available as of next week.
  • Legal status data is presently in production testing and first data will also be delivered next week.


July 2011

This update has occurred since our last review. During our next scheduled update, this article will be revised to include a description of the newly added content and features.

The EPO website gives an update on the availability of German patent data:[48]
During the intervening weeks there has been intensive cooperation between the EPO and the German Patent Office in adapting and exchanging data sets and programmes. Extensive programming and testing efforts are still ongoing. Should no further serious problems be encountered, we are cautiously optimistic that delivery of new German data to the EPO's database services and raw data products will be resumed by the end of summer. In the meantime, we still recommend that users go direct to the German Patent Office for newly published German patent data.


June 2011

This update has occurred since our last review. During our next scheduled update, this article will be revised to include a description of the newly added content and features.

According to an update on the EPO website:[49]

The new advanced search function for the database of EPO board of appeal decisions uses a combination of full-text and metadata search fields. Unlike in the basic search, the metadata search fields enable a more targeted search. Using the case number field you can retrieve not only a case you are interested in but also decisions citing it (listed in the bibliographic data). You can also:
  • target your search at IPC subclasses, application numbers and titles, applicants and opponents, EPC articles or rules
  • limit your search to different decision types and individual boards
  • choose as limiting criteria: the time frame in which a decision has been published on the EPO website, language of proceedings, mode of publication and distribution
  • subscribe to RSS feeds so that you can be informed about new decisions fitting your search profiles without having to go to the EPO website.

According to Patent Information News 2.2011: [50]

The major patent offices have been trying to find ways to be more efficient and to share work. One of the more public benefits of these work-sharing efforts will be the pooling together of search examination results in a single document known as the common citation document, or CCD. In a situation where a given invention is searched by, say, the trilateral offices - the EPO USPTO and JPO – each office produces its own search results. The CCD would contain the combined search results in the form of a list of the individual documents cited by the examiners from each office. Of course, the content of CCDs will be dynamic and interactive. They will be updated as soon new search results are available, and each citation will be hyperlinked to the corresponding document in Espacenet According to current planning, the Trilateral CCD interface will be available to the public in November 2011. The EPO expects to link CCD records under Espacenet, allowing access to a compiled list of citations covering all the family members of a given patent record.

A representative from the Patent Data Services Team of the EPO stated that new features of the DOCDB XML version 2.4 include:[51]

  • Japanese FI and F-terms
  • Patent Abstracts of Japan in the English language
  • US classifications

A representative from the Patent Data Services Team of the EPO stated that "there will be a re-key exercise on JP documents with kind code T from 2000 onwards. This will result in a high volume of data in the DOCDB delivery in week 26: some 1.2 million records will be affected."[52]

According to a news release from the EPO:[53]

The German Patent Office will be making major changes to its data services from next week. This change will delay the availability of new German data in the EPO's database services, such as Espacenet and Global Patent Index, from 22 June 2011. Several commercial products that use EPO data will also be affected by these delays. To load the data, the EPO needs to accommodate the changes the German Patent Office has made, and ensure that its own systems are compatible. The EPO and the German Patent Office are working closely together, fine-tuning the data exchange process to guarantee the reliable, regular availability of German data in future. It might take a few months to return to the normal production cycle (i.e. data available on or very close to day of publication). There may be an additional delay for the data on supplementary protection certificates.

According to the EPO Newsletter, "Italian bibliographic data up to April 2011 and Italian citations from 1 October 2008 onwards have now been loaded on to the EPO's worldwide database Espacenet."[54]


May 2011

According to a Scheduled Maintenance note, searches within the worldwide database "will be using the new service at worldwide.espacenet.com rather than v3.espacenet.com."


April 2011

This update has occurred since our last review. During our next scheduled update, this article will be revised to include a description of the newly added content and features.

A "new basic search function for the database of EPO board of appeal decisions uses a single search field to search through the full text and metadata of the boards' decisions."[55] Users can search for decisions within time periods, and they can also "subscribe to RSS feeds so that you can be informed about new decisions fitting your search profiles."[55]

According to the EPO website,

The decisions of the boards of appeal are now published on a rolling basis (rather than in batches as before). In some cases the bibliographic data will be available first, with the PDF file of the decision text following a few days later. All decisions can, however, be read in HTML text below the bibliographic data. For technical reasons the HTML text does not contain any images or formulas. These are only available in the PDF file.[55]


March 2011

Espacenet v.5 is released with a redesigned user interface and improved lay-out, usability, ergonomics, and navigation. Along with the redesign, the system is now being referred to as "Espacenet" instead of esp@cenet. New functions include:[56]

  • Export-to-Excel function
  • RSS feeds
  • Breadcrumb navigation
  • Query history
  • Other features

According to the EPO website:[57]

As of week 12/2011, we will start uploading a new set of data from the US Patent Office in the INPADOC legal status database.

Except for lapsed records, US fee payment data was previously not available to the EPO.

The codes for the new records are:

  • US FPAY + FEE PAYMENT
  • US LAPS - LAPSE FOR FAILURE TO PAY MAINTENANCE FEES
  • US REIN + REINSTATEMENT AFTER MAINTENANCE FEE PAYMENT CONFIRMED
  • US REMI MAINTENANCE FEE REMINDER MAILED
  • US SULP + SURCHARGE FOR LATE PAYMENT

Fictitious examples can be viewed in the attached PDF document (PDF, 70 KB).

The backfile will be loaded first and users can expect to download a high volume of data in the coming weeks.


February 2011

According to the EPO website:[58]

From week 7/2011, Slovakian legal status events from January 2010 onwards will be available in the PRS database. The legal event codes are posted in the Useful Tables Section. View fictitious examples (PDF).


January 2011

According to the EPO website:[59]

We are pleased to announce that as of next week - week 3/2011 - the cited references of approximately 650.000 JP-A publications will become available.

In week 4/2011 the cited references for approximately the same number of JP-U publications will follow.


January 2010

In the January 2010 issue of Patent Information News, the EPO announced several upcoming changes to the Espacenet service. At this time, details on these changes are slim, and the anticipated availability date is the "beginning of 2010." For the current announcement, please see the EPO Patent Information News at http://documents.epo.org/projects/babylon/eponet.nsf/0/D9F10E8571A5217AC125768E0058E620/$File/Patentinfo_News_0904_en.pdf.

  • Improved Help file navigation
  • Default search options setting to "Worldwide" database
  • "A0" documents will be displayed instead of the corresponding PCT document for Euro-PCT publications
  • Full text EP and WO search in German, French, and English, the three official languages
  • Search-term highlighting in full text
  • A sort function for all lists
  • "Improved pagination" and navigation within lists
  • Classification search results will include representative images
  • The capability to "analyze the patent claims as filed and and visualize the dependent and independent claims." Based on the graphic example in the announcement, this feature will take the form of a branching tree that describes the relationship between claims.
  • Display features for forward and backward citations
  • More search terms per field
  • SmartSearch field identifiers will be "redesigned."


This update has occurred since our last review. During our next scheduled update, this article will be revised to include a description of the newly added content and features. In late January of 2010, many of these enhancements appear to have been implemented in Espacenet, including the following:

  • The Espacenet search forms appear to now be able to accept more than four search terms at one time. Users can press "CTRL + enter" to expand search form text boxes further. Note: The Espacenet help file had not yet been updated to state that more search terms were acceptable as of January 27, 2010.
  • Search terms are now highlighted in search results.
  • Search results can be sorted by priority date, inventor, applicant, ECLA code and upload date.
  • "Improved pagination" for original document images has been added to the interface, allowing users to click through to the next page of the document, rather than having to scroll downward within the Adobe viewing window.
  • Espacenet can now search through the full text of European (EP) and Patent Cooperation Treaty (WO/PCT) documents from its collection. Full text search can be conducted in English, French or German. Previously, this full text information could be displayed, but was not searchable.
  • The capability to "analyze the patent claims as filed and and visualize the dependent and independent claims" has been added. This feature is activated by choosing the "claims tree" option when viewing the "claims" tab of an Espacenet result. The feature generates a "branching tree" display that describes the relationship between claims.


June 2009

According to the June 2009 issue of Patent Information News, Espacenet is loading or re-loading over 6 million US assignment records into its legal status database. According to the bulletin:

The EPO is currently in the process of loading over six million assignment records into its legal status database. When complete, the database will cover US assignments dating back to 1981. The most recent events are taken from the "US assign" DVD issued by the USPTO in January 2009. Further issues will be used for maintaining the frontfile. The EPO's databases have included US assignment data in the past, but the Office identified a systematic problem which led to records being corrupted. As a result, the EPO's data on US assignments were removed from the legal status database (i.e. from Espacenet and OPS) in late January 2009.

Michael White of The Patent Librarian's Notebook adds that this reload probably includes all the data available on the USPTO's web assignment database as well as Cassis ASSIGN, although he notes that both give the earlier start date of August 1980.

More information is available at The Patent Librarian's Notebook blog, at http://patentlibrarian.blogspot.com/2009/08/us-assignment-data-in-espacnet.html, and in the Patent Information News issue 2/2009, at http://documents.epo.org/projects/babylon/eponet.nsf/0/A75DA91ADC3DCEE5C12575D0003E6F39/$File/Patentinfo_News_0902_en.pdf.


October 2008 Updates

New features introduced in October 2008 include several updates that were promised in the April 2008 announcement of forthcoming features (described in the next section). New October 2008 enhancements include:

  • Extended "my patents" list - the saved results list in Espacenet, called the "my patents" list, has been extended from 20 to 100 patent documents.
  • Larger page limits on document downloads - Previously, users could download entire PDF patent facsimile images only if the document had 50 or fewer pages. This update has extended the limit to 500 pages for EP patent documents, and 250 pages for any other document. For more information, see the Downloads section.
  • CSV spreadsheet exports - Espacenet now allows users to export certain bibliographic data fields for each Espacenet search hit into a CSV format spreadsheet. Up to 30 records can be exported at one time. See the Export Functions section for more information.
  • New Smart Search form - became accessible from ep.Espacenet.com.

A description of the new enhancements, including the SmartSearch feature, is included in the fourth 2008 issue of the EPO's quarterly Patent Information News publication, at http://documents.epo.org/projects/babylon/eponet.nsf/0/FA531BAA63562343C12575210050CD48/$File/Patentinfo_News_0804_en.pdf.


April 2008: Forthcoming Updates Announced

Several major enhancements were announced in April 2008, and were expected to take place by the end of 2008,[60] including:

  • An increase in the number of documents that can be stored in the "My patents" list (see the Saving Results section for more information)
  • Exportable hit lists (see Export Functions for more information)
  • Relaxation of the page limit for PDF patent copy downloads (see Downloads for more information)
  • Full-text searches for patent documentation in English, French and German (see Full Text Coverage for more information)
  • Single search fields accepting multiple search criteria
  • Date range searches (see The Search Forms for more information on these two points)
  • Highlighting of search terms (see Viewing Individual Records for more information)

A complete timeline of the evolution of Espacenet was published in September of 2008 in honor of Espacenet's 10th birthday. This overview can be found in the third 2008 issue of the EPO's quarterly Patent Information News publication. [61] An interactive web version of the timeline can be found at http://ep.Espacenet.com/timeline/timeline.html.


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