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    • European Patent Office Patent searching in espacenet Scitech Patent Art Services Pvt. Ltd Hyderabad
    • A bit of history: a European idea • 1958 Treaty of Rome (Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and West Germany)- 1) Euratom Treaty 2) European Community • 1960 Idea of a European Patent • 1973 Convention signed • 1977 European Patent Office • Established in 1977 by the European Patent Convention (EPC) with the aim of creating a centralized patent application and grant system on behalf of all contracting states, the EPO's mission is to support innovation, competitiveness and economic growth for the benefit of the citizens of Europe. As of January 2009, the EPC has effect in 37 European countries, including all European Union member states • Recently Albania joined in the European Patent Organization on 1 may 2010
    • EPO Member States
    • Basic search tips Searches can be performed in the worldwide, European (EP) and WIPO (PCT) databases. Each search mask contains a number of search fields corresponding to the type of data that can be searched. You can choose between: Quick search, which allows you to search for keywords in the title/abstract or for a person/organization (applicant and/or inventor) Advanced search, which enables you to search in the bibliographic data , including the abstract when available Number search, which allows you to retrieve a specific publication number, application number, priority number with or without country code prefix or NPL reference number You can enter a maximum of four search terms per field and a total of 21 search terms per mass Boolean operators Operators Use Example To increase your chances of finding a patent that matches OR your query, you can use the OR operator in combination with Fibrin OR Biopesticide synonyms or related terms You can narrow down a search by combining search terms AND Fibrin AND Biopesticide using the AND operator If you use a term with more than one meaning, you may NOT generate a result list containing patents that are not relevant Fibrin NOT Biopesticide to your search, even though they match the query term.
    • Truncation To extend your search, you can use truncation symbols (wildcards) to include, for example, the plural form of a word, or alternative spellings. There are three different wildcard characters available: * - stands for a string of characters of any length Example: Encaps* means Encapsule or encapsulate or encapsulation or encapsulated ? - stands for zero or one character Example: Biopesticide? Means Biopesticide or Biopesticides # - stands for exactly one character Example: polymeri#ation means polymerization or polymerisation Nested queries If you want to nest query terms within other query terms, you must use parentheses to specify the order in which search terms and operators should be interpreted. Information within parentheses is read first, then information outside parentheses is read next. The following example illustrates this: When you enter (mouse OR rat) AND trap in the title /abstract field, the search engine will retrieve patents containing the word mouse or the word rat together with the word trap in the title or abstract. Default operators You can enter your search terms without having to type in the default operators AND or OR as the system automatically uses the correct operator within the following fields: For the title and abstract fields, the default operator is AND For the publication number, publication date, application number and priority number fields, the default operator is OR For the inventor and applicant fields, the default operator is AND For the ECLA and IPC fields, the default operator is AND The mandatory operator for combining 2 or more input fields is AND
    • Patent Searching in esp@cenet The following searches are used to find the patents and patent information Quick Search Advanced Search Classification Search Number Search Legal status, Event history and Citations (Register Plus) Smart Search
    • Quick Search Source link: http://ep.espacenet.com/quickSearch?locale=en_EP
    • 153 patents found Click on Title to view patent details
    • Advanced Search •Maximum of 10 search terms per field •Maximum of 21 search terms and 20 operators per mask Gene? and Transition? Source Link: http://ep.espacenet.com/advancedSearch?locale=en_V3
    • 203 patents found Click on Title to view Bibliographic data
    • European Classification (ECLA) The ECLA classification system is an extension of the International Patent Classification (IPC). It is however more precise, having twice as many entries (ECLA: 140 000; IPC: 70 000). ECLA format: B65D81/20B2A IPC format: B65D81/20 European Classification system is dynamic and updated on a weekly basis
    • Determining classification(s) using keywords Source Link: http://v3.espacenet.com/eclasrch?locale=en_V3
    • Determining classification(s) for keywords
    • European classification (ECLA) search
    • 72 patents found European classification search
    • Numbers search in espacenet Publication number: CC and 1 to 12 digits Number (Ex: US7278548, WO2007030511) Priority number: CCYYYY and maximum seven digits: (GB19958026) Application number: CCYYYY and maximum seven digits (Ex. GB19950008026) NPL reference number: XP and maximum seven digits (Ex. XP1, XP000123456) New EP applications are normally added to the EP database every Wednesday (after 14.00 hrs) • Maximum of 10 search terms per field • Maximum of 21 search terms and 20 operators per mask
    • Number search EP documents published in the last two years Worldwide database containing almost 60 million documents WIPO documents published in the last two years Click on this link to open the document
    • Legal status, Event history and citations
    • Legal status, Event history and citations
    • What can you find in Register Plus? Register Plus is divided into a number of different sections About this File Contains bibliographic and procedural status information, plus the file history. Legal Status Shows the most important legal events in the European procedure, plus any information available to us on the fate of the European patent once it passes in the responsibility of the designated states following grant. Event History Lists events for the current file in chronological order. Citations List of documents found during the patentability search for the European patent application or cited by the applicant. Patent Family Displays a list of patent documents from around the world that are linked to the European patent application by a common priority number. All Documents Shows a complete list of the contents of the file at the EPO, together with links that open each document in the viewer.
    • Smart Search
    • Field Identifiers The following table gives an overview of the field identifiers available in Smart Search and their definition with an example of how to use them: Field Field Description Examples Description Examples identifier identifier in inventor in=smith ipc core and additional cn cn=A63B49/02 information pa applicant pa=siemens ipc advanced and ti title ti="mouse trap" ai ai= A63B49/08 invention information ab abstract ab="mouse trap" ipc advanced and an an=A63B49/08 pr priority number pr=ep20050104792 additional information pn publication number pn=ep1000000 ia=Apple OR ia inventor and applicant ia="Ries klaus" ap application number ap=jp19890234567 ta="laser pd=20080107 OR ta title and abstract printer" pd publication date pd="07/01/2008" OR pd=07/01/2008 title, abstract, inventor txt=microscope txt and applicant lens ct citation/ cited document ct=ep1000000 application, publication ec european classification ec="A61K31/13" num num=ep1000000 and priority number international c ci and cn c=A63B49/02 ic ic=A63B49/08 classification a ai and an a=A63B49/08 ipc core and invention information ipc ic and c and a ipc=A63B49/08 ci ci=A63B49/02 cl ipc and ec cl=C10J3
    • Operators in Smart Search • Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT are allowed. The default operator is AND. Left has precedence over right. No operator has precedence by default. • Proximity operators Example: mouse prox/distance<3 trap The system will find patents where the words mouse and trap are less than three words apart in the TXT identifier and in the order shown. Example: mouse prox/unit=sentence trap The system will find patents where the words mouse and trap happen to be in the same sentence in the TXT identifier. Example: mouse prox/unit=paragraph trap The system will find patents where the words mouse and trap happen to be in the same paragraph in the TXT identifier. Example: ia=Apple prox/ordered ia=Corp The system will retrieve documents having Apple Corp but not Corp Apple. • Comparison operators The terms to be searched within a specific field identifier should be surrounded by quotation marks. •= Equal to This is the default relation. e.g. pa=siemens • all All terms entered within quotes will be found within the field identifier, although perhaps not in the order in which they appear. e.g. ti all "paint brush hair" • any Any of the terms entered within quotes will be retrieved within the field identifier. e.g. ti any "motor engine" • Operators which are only valid for the publication date field identifier • within e.g. pd within "2005 2006" OR pd within "2005, 2006". • >= Greater than or equal to e.g. pd >=2005 will retrieve documents having a publication date higher than or equal to 2005. • <= Less than or equal to e.g. pd <=2005 will retrieve documents having a publication date less than or equal to 2005.
    • Kind Type of Document Country Code A1 APPLICATION PUBLISHED WITH SEARCH REPORT A2 APPLICATION PUBLISHED WITHOUT SEARCH REPORT A3 SEARCH REPORT A4 SUPPLEMENTARY SEARCH REPORT A8 MODIFIED FIRST PAGE European Patent Office (EPO) (EP) A9 MODIFIED COMPLETE SPECIFICATION B1 PATENT B2 PATENT AFTER MODIFICATION B3 AFTER LIMITATION PROCEDURE B8 MODIFIED FIRST PAGE GRANTED PATENT B9 CORRECTED COMPLETE GRANTED PATENT
    • Useful Links: http://www.european-patent-office.org/index.en.php (Home page) http://www.european-patent-office.org/_new_patinfo_prod/index.en.php (Patent information) http://www.european-patent-office.org/_new_sengines/index.en.php (Search engines and site index) http://www.espacenet.com/info/index.en.htm (Introduction to the database) http://ep.espacenet.com/ (Patent search page) http://ep.espacenet.com/quickSearch?locale=en_EP (Quick search) http://ep.espacenet.com/advancedSearch?locale=en_EP (Advanced search) http://ep.espacenet.com/numberSearch?locale=en_EP (Number search) http://v3.espacenet.com/eclasrch?CY=ep&LG=en (Classification search) http://patentinfo.european-patent-office.org/prod_serv/legal/index.en.php (Legal information) http://www.epoline.org/portal/public (Epoline: Register Plus) http://www.european-patent- office.org/wbt/espacenet/assistant.php?nStartIndex=0&CY=EP&LG=en (Guided tour)
    • Limitations esp@cenet® has the following search limitations: Search terms in the abstract must be in English When combining search fields the default operator is AND and cannot be changed Truncation limitations Apostrophes, slashes and hyphens cannot be used. Please use blanks instead Not all documents have English abstracts, titles, European classification or International classifications (check coverage) Different search mask depending on the database you choose to search in Maximum of 100000 results per query but only 500 matching documents will be listed EP and WO documents with a maximum of 500 pages can be downloaded in one go Other patent documents with a maximum of 250 pages can be downloaded in one go Maximum of 100 documents stored in "my patents list" for one year It is not possible to store XP documents in "my patents list" It is not possible to retrieve an XP document by the name of the author or to limit a search to XP documents only No statistical analysis possible. Please have a look at the Annual report and at the following page. No search history provided
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