European Patent Office launches new Espacenet, improving access to world’s largest free collection of patent documents

Munich, 19 November, 2019 – The European Patent Office (EPO) has
today released the new Espacenet, a substantially revised and improved
version of the Office’s patent information search tool. New Espacenet’s state-of-the-art
features and enhanced functionality will make it even easier for users to
conduct patent searches and access over 110 million patent documents from all
over the world free-of-charge.

“Patent
information is an incredible resource for everyone involved in IP and with the
launch of new Espacenet today, we’re delivering on our commitment to making
that resource more accessible,” says EPO President António Campinos. “New
Espacenet means inventors can better assess the state of the art, businesses
can make more informed strategic IP decisions, and policy makers can gain a
better understanding of the patent landscape. Because ultimately, access to patent
information supports effective IP, and effective IP supports the economy”.

Since
the release of the original Espacenet in 1998, the tool’s primary purpose has been to
connect EPO users with the most up-to-date patent records from all regions. The
addition of the Patent Translate feature, which provides high-quality,
instant translations from English, French and German into 32 European and Asian
languages, already enhanced the access Espacenet provides to information in recent
years.

The
latest version of Espacenet offers several new features, including:

  • A dynamic query builder for easier searching
  • A richer, cleaner and quicker result list
  • Results filtering
  • An improved legal status overview covering the entire patent family
  • Responsive design for searching across devices

The new filtering tool shows
the most frequently occurring classifications, applicants, inventors,
authorities, and allows users to refine a query for improved search results.
The “Advanced search” feature is flexible and dynamic, and empowers users to
build customised, complex Boolean queries combining a wide range of
bibliographic fields while graphically visualising the logical relations. Users
can now switch between the “Advanced search” and “Smart search” modes at any
time without losing a search.

About the EPO

With nearly 7 000 staff, the European Patent
Office (EPO)
is one of
the largest public service institutions in Europe. Headquartered in Munich with
offices in Berlin, Brussels, The Hague and Vienna, the EPO was founded with the
aim of strengthening co-operation on patents in Europe. Through the EPO’s
centralised patent granting procedure, inventors are able to obtain
high-quality patent protection in up to 44 countries, covering a market of some
700 million people. The EPO is also the world’s leading authority in patent
information and patent searching.

Media contacts European Patent Office

Jana
Mittermaier

Director External Communication

Rainer
Osterwalder

Press spokesperson

EPO
press desk

Tel.: +49 89 2399 1820

Mobile:
+49 163 8399527
press@epo.org

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