Report:Espacenet/Viewing Results/Viewing Individual Records
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Viewing Individual Records
Clicking on any title from the hit list will open the individual record in the viewing screen, which contains a small navigation menu in the upper left of the screen that provide access to various data. The bibliographic data is always shown first.
The principal purpose of this section is to present bibliographic data about the main patent document, when possible. Not all data points are present in the database for every document; for example, a Japanese patent document may be missing Inventor and Applicant names. In this case, the reason is that the document was published in a language with non-Roman characters (Japanese). Due to the great difficulty in standardizing the transliteration of these names into Roman characters, this data is often garbled, and the European patent office has elected to omit this data. (In 2007, out of 60 million records in the database, only about 38.9 million documents contained the name of the applicants.) Because the document is part of a larger family, the inventor and applicant data can be found by investigating the bibliographic records for the other members in the extended INPADOC family. (For more on viewing Family information, see Family Search Features.)
Other data is available for this record beyond what is shown in the bibliographic data section. The other sections in the menu are called Description, Claims, Mosaics, Original Document, and INPADOC legal status, respectively. These features are discussed in other sections of the article.
Terms searched in a specific field are highlighted in the corresponding field in the bibliographic data within the full view of the record. Terms searched in the advanced search field "keyword(s) in full text" for EP documents also are highlighted in the full-text claims and description sections.
When a search retrieves an XP document (a non-patent document that has been indexed by EPO examiners), the individual record can be opened in the same way that a patent record is displayed. Only bibliographic data is available for these documents. When available, a link to an external source is sometimes provided to allow users to order the document from an online distributor.
The replacement of the old tab format with the new navigation menu in the full-record view provides a cleaner, simpler method of moving between record sections.
- ↑ Accessed via the Espacenet help materials on the “applicant”, at http://ep.Espacenet.com/help?locale=en_EP&method=handleHelpTopic&topic=applicant, on October 16th, 2007.