Informatic Center (NIC)
Provides free on line access to INPADOC-EPIDOS database to the registered users.
Registration is open to all and is free of cost. The INPADOC-EPIDOS database is produced
by the European Patent Office (EPO). It is possible to conduct bibliographic searches
through this site. The bibliographic data includes publication number and date, priority
number(s) and date(s), application number and date, International Patent Classification
Code (IPC), name of inventor, applicant's name, title of the invention and other details.
About 70% of the titles are in English, remaining 30% in 13 other languages.
This database is claimed to be the largest database on patents, dealing with patent
applications filed or granted in 65 countries. The data includes patent applications filed
through the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), patents published by African Intellectual
Property Organisation (ARIPO), European Patent Office (EPO), Organisation Africaine de
Propriéeté Intellectuelle (OAPI) and the countries of Argentina, Austria, Australia,
Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, China, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark,
Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel,
Italy, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico,
Moldova,Singapore, Mongolia, Monaco, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines,
Poland, Portugal, Rep. of Korea, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia, South
Africa, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, U.S.S.R, U.S.A., Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Zambia
The database is being updated weekly, subject to availability of data from the member
countries. Nearly 30,000 new records are added every week. Data for almost all countries
are complete since 1973. Data prior to 1973 are also available in respect of some