World’s largest free collection of patent documents upgraded

The EPO’s newly revamped Espacenet portal provides inventors and businesses with access to the world’s largest free collection of patent documents.

The European Patent Office (EPO) has launched Espacenet, a brand new version of the Office’s patent information search tool.

Users will now find it easier to conduct patent searches and access over 110 million patent documents from around the globe, free-of-charge using Espacenet’s state-of-the-art features and enhanced functionality.

Inventors and businesses will find the new portal particularly useful, with EPO President António Campinos explaining that “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”.

The original Espacenet was launched in 1998 with the primary purpose of connecting EPO users with the most up-to-date patent records from all regions. The Patent Translate feature, which provides high-quality, instant translations from English, French and German into 32 European and Asian languages, was then added, further enhancing the access Espacenet provides to information.

Watch how Espacenet works below: