Wednesday, April 28, 2004

How to Download PDF's of Patents From the EPO

For those of you who have marveled at the complexities involved in downloading PDF files from the EPO, a "cheat" was recently revealed, courtesy of the Patent News Service:


If you know the WO or EP number of the application you require, go to:

http://ofi.epoline.org/view/GetDossier?dosnum=&lang=EN

and then enter the EP or WO publication or application number (you
need to be careful with the format used by their user-unfriendly
interface - but it's pretty easy once you get the hang of it).
You are then presented with the full file history, including the
published application.

By selecting the published application (tick box on the right hand
side) and then clicking the "save" button (a floppy disc icon just
above the listed documents), you can download and save multipage PDF
documents in one go - and deprive Derwent of their profits ;-)

Fight the power . . .

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