Report:QPAT/Data Coverage/Patent Coverage/Full Text Coverage/France (FR)
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QPAT obtains the bibliographic data for their French full text collection from INPI (the French National Patent Office), but obtains the full text data from data producer Univentio. These records should include a representative image where available, although the completeness of this coverage is unknown.
Full text records for French published applications are covered from 1920 in Questel's FRFULL file. In addition, Questel obtains data from a private data producer, which contains first page data for French patent applications from 1966, including grant data, French Special Medicine (BSM) patents to 1961, and Supplementary Protection Certificates (also called Complementary Protection Certificates, or CCPs, in France). This collection would be consulted when users need to see which post-1966 applications actually proceeded to grant.
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 both IPC and ECLA classifications are commonly revised and updated, searching by classification in these files will not be using the most recent, updated data.
This file and the GB-A full text file, are the only files for which the bibliographic and full text files are obtained from separate sources. The characters are indexed without accents, but these do appear in the display text.