EPO Integration

Published by admin on Tuesday, January 17, 2017

European Patent Office

Key Documentation Downloads:

https://www.epo.org/searching-for-patents/technical/espacenet/ops.html#tab3

Using the v3.1 API

Example simple anonymous REST calls (copy to you browser address bar, return a formatted page, view source to look at the XML):

http://ops.epo.org/rest-services/family/priority/docdb/US.18314305.A

So what is a “family”? A patent family is a set of either patent applications or publications taken in multiple countries to protect a single invention by a common inventor(s) and then patented in more than one country. A first application is made in one country – the priority – and is then extended to other offices ( Ref, more info

So what is “US.18314305.A”? It is a number that binds many document numbers together, Such as the patent number in the US: 2007014080. Just type that into your Google search. It returns “Apparatus for holding a container at an angle”.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?><?xml-stylesheet type="text/xsl" href="/3.0/style/family.xsl"?>
<ops:world-patent-data xmlns="http://www.epo.org/exchange" xmlns:ops="http://ops.epo.org" xmlns:xlink="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink">
    <ops:meta name="elapsed-time" value="20"/>
    <ops:patent-family legal="false">
        <ops:priority-claim>
            <document-id document-id-type="docdb">
                <country>US</country>
                <doc-number>18314305</doc-number>
                <kind>A</kind>
            </document-id>
        </ops:priority-claim>
        <ops:family-member family-id="36888262">
            <publication-reference>
                <document-id document-id-type="docdb">
                    <country>DE</country>
                    <doc-number>102006032425</doc-number>
                    <kind>A1</kind>
                    <date>20070118</date>
                </document-id>
                <document-id document-id-type="epodoc">
                    <doc-number>DE102006032425</doc-number>
                    <date>20070118</date>
                </document-id>
            </publication-reference>
            <application-reference doc-id="15041805" is-representative="YES">
                <document-id document-id-type="docdb">
                    <country>DE</country>
                    <doc-number>102006032425</doc-number>
                    <kind>A</kind>
                    <date>20060713</date>
                </document-id>
            </application-reference>
            <priority-claim sequence="1" kind="national">
                <document-id document-id-type="docdb">
                    <country>US</country>
                    <doc-number>18314305</doc-number>
                    <kind>A</kind>
                    <date>20050714</date>
                </document-id>
                <priority-active-indicator>YES</priority-active-indicator>
            </priority-claim>
        </ops:family-member>
        <ops:family-member family-id="36888262">
            <publication-reference>
                <document-id document-id-type="docdb">
                    <country>GB</country>
                    <doc-number>0612863</doc-number>
                    <kind>D0</kind>
                    <date>20060809</date>
                </document-id>
                <document-id document-id-type="epodoc">
                    <doc-number>GB0612863D</doc-number>
                    <date>20060809</date>
                </document-id>
            </publication-reference>
            <application-reference doc-id="21503101">
                <document-id document-id-type="docdb">
                    <country>GB</country>
                    <doc-number>0612863</doc-number>
                    <kind>A</kind>
                    <date>20060629</date>
                </document-id>
            </application-reference>
            <priority-claim sequence="1" kind="national">
                <document-id document-id-type="docdb">
                    <country>US</country>
                    <doc-number>18314305</doc-number>
                    <kind>A</kind>
                    <date>20050714</date>
                </document-id>
                <priority-active-indicator>YES</priority-active-indicator>
            </priority-claim>
        </ops:family-member>
        <ops:family-member family-id="36888262">
            <publication-reference>
                <document-id document-id-type="docdb">
                    <country>GB</country>
                    <doc-number>2428512</doc-number>
                    <kind>A</kind>
                    <date>20070131</date>
                </document-id>
                <document-id document-id-type="epodoc">
                    <doc-number>GB2428512</doc-number>
                    <date>20070131</date>
                </document-id>
            </publication-reference>
            <application-reference doc-id="21503101">
                <document-id document-id-type="docdb">
                    <country>GB</country>
                    <doc-number>0612863</doc-number>
                    <kind>A</kind>
                    <date>20060629</date>
                </document-id>
            </application-reference>
            <priority-claim sequence="1" kind="national">
                <document-id document-id-type="docdb">
                    <country>US</country>
                    <doc-number>18314305</doc-number>
                    <kind>A</kind>
                    <date>20050714</date>
                </document-id>
                <priority-active-indicator>YES</priority-active-indicator>
            </priority-claim>
        </ops:family-member>
        <ops:family-member family-id="36888262">
            <publication-reference>
                <document-id document-id-type="docdb">
                    <country>JP</country>
                    <doc-number>2007026643</doc-number>
                    <kind>A</kind>
                    <date>20070201</date>
                </document-id>
                <document-id document-id-type="epodoc">
                    <doc-number>JP2007026643</doc-number>
                    <date>20070201</date>
                </document-id>
            </publication-reference>
            <application-reference doc-id="39308586">
                <document-id document-id-type="docdb">
                    <country>JP</country>
                    <doc-number>2006192934</doc-number>
                    <kind>A</kind>
                    <date>20060713</date>
                </document-id>
            </application-reference>
            <priority-claim sequence="1" kind="national">
                <document-id document-id-type="docdb">
                    <country>US</country>
                    <doc-number>18314305</doc-number>
                    <kind>A</kind>
                    <date>20050714</date>
                </document-id>
                <priority-active-indicator>YES</priority-active-indicator>
            </priority-claim>
        </ops:family-member>
        <ops:family-member family-id="36888262">
            <publication-reference>
                <document-id document-id-type="docdb">
                    <country>US</country>
                    <doc-number>2007014080</doc-number>
                    <kind>A1</kind>
                    <date>20070118</date>
                </document-id>
                <document-id document-id-type="epodoc">
                    <doc-number>US2007014080</doc-number>
                    <date>20070118</date>
                </document-id>
            </publication-reference>
            <application-reference doc-id="48462793">
                <document-id document-id-type="docdb">
                    <country>US</country>
                    <doc-number>18314305</doc-number>
                    <kind>A</kind>
                    <date>20050714</date>
                </document-id>
            </application-reference>
            <priority-claim sequence="1" kind="national">
                <document-id document-id-type="docdb">
                    <country>US</country>
                    <doc-number>18314305</doc-number>
                    <kind>A</kind>
                    <date>20050714</date>
                </document-id>
                <priority-active-indicator>YES</priority-active-indicator>
            </priority-claim>
        </ops:family-member>
        <ops:family-member family-id="36888262">
            <publication-reference>
                <document-id document-id-type="docdb">
                    <country>US</country>
                    <doc-number>7386868</doc-number>
                    <kind>B2</kind>
                    <date>20080610</date>
                </document-id>
                <document-id document-id-type="epodoc">
                    <doc-number>US7386868</doc-number>
                    <date>20080610</date>
                </document-id>
            </publication-reference>
            <application-reference doc-id="48462793">
                <document-id document-id-type="docdb">
                    <country>US</country>
                    <doc-number>18314305</doc-number>
                    <kind>A</kind>
                    <date>20050714</date>
                </document-id>
            </application-reference>
            <priority-claim sequence="1" kind="national">
                <document-id document-id-type="docdb">
                    <country>US</country>
                    <doc-number>18314305</doc-number>
                    <kind>A</kind>
                    <date>20050714</date>
                </document-id>
                <priority-active-indicator>YES</priority-active-indicator>
            </priority-claim>
        </ops:family-member>
    </ops:patent-family>
</ops:world-patent-data>