Quick help answers

What happens if I click on the "XML" or "ST36" buttons?

You will be able to download the information from the "About this file" screen either as an XML or "Standard 36" file.


What kind of information can be found if I click on the "Show history" button?

This button is only displayed if changes occured to bibliographic data published in the EP Bulletin during the application's lifetime, from the date of first publication by the EPO onwards.


What kind of information can be found under "Status"?

The list of legal events can be found under more...


What do the digits in square brackets refer to?

The digits in square brackets refer to the issue of the European Patent Bulletin (e.g. week 35 of year 1988) in which the relevant information was published. The European Patent Bulletin publications from 01.2002 onwards are hyperlinked so that by clicking on the link you can go straight to the relevant issue of the European Patent Bulletin.


What does N/P stand for?

The letters N/P between square brackets stand for "not published".


What does the letter in square brackets stand for in the "Documents cited" part?

The letter in square brackets stands for the category of document. For a list of categories click on "more...".


Is it possible to navigate in the result list?

Click on the "Search results" tab in the horizontal toolbar and you will be sent back to the latest result list displayed. To scroll forward to the next 20 results, simply click on the right arrow below the printer icon.


What kind of information can be found under “Lapses during opposition”?

This section shows the date of lapse of the European patent in a designated contracting state during the opposition period, and, where appropriate, pending a final decision on opposition (Rule 143.1(p) EPC). Lapses taking place after this period will be displayed under “Legal status”, in the “INPADOC data” section. “INPADOC data” provides information on events during the lifetime of an EP patent generated during both the EP grant procedure and the post-grant phase. Lapses referring to extension or validation states are displayed in the “INPADOC data” section only.


What are validation states?

Validation states are countries that are non-member states which have validation agreements with the EPO, allowing applicants to request the validation of a European patent to these countries.


What are extension states?

Extension states are countries that are non-- member states which have extension agreements with the EPO, allowing applicants to request the extension of a European patent or patent application to these countries.