Report:QPAT/Data Coverage/Patent Coverage/Full Text Coverage/European Patent Office (EP)
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The European Patent Office Collection
Questel-Orbit produces the EP-A and EP-B files from EPO source data. These records should include a representative image where available, although the completeness of this coverage is unknown.
The EPAPAT file contains full text coverage of published European applications back to 1987. In addition, bibliographic information and partial full text coverage extend back to the earliest publications in 1978.
The EPBPAT file contains full text coverage of issued European patents from 1980. .
These full text files do not contain updated classification data. They only contain the classification data published for the record at time of issue. Since IPC classifications have gone through multiple revision attempts, most recently the IPC-8 revision in 2006, searching by classification in these files will not be using the most recent, updated data. The farther into the past a search is conducted, the more outdated the classification information will likely be. No ECLA class data (updated or otherwise) is included for this file.
This database includes full text records for Euro-PCT documents, meaning those PCT publications that enter into regional phase at the EPO. When this happens, the original PCT document is basically re-released with a new EP publication number. These full-text PCT documents are then loaded into Questel-Orbit’s EP full text database, so they can be found during a search of that file as well.