The European Patent Office has added mobile beta versions of Espacenet and the European Patent Register to its mobile website, allowing users to conduct patent searches on the go. The small-screen optimized mobile website was launched back in 2014 and lets users access key services and information straight from their smartphones.
The changes are a direct result of an online survey, which revealed that 70 percent of users would like to see a mobile version of Espacenet while 60 percent wanted the European Patent Register to be made available on the mobile website.
The mobile version of Espacenet uses Open Patent Services (OPS) for data. OPS has a large collection but not as large as the desktop version of Espacenet. The mobile version of European Patent Register on the other hand contains all the data available in the desktop version.
Currently, users will only be able to view 100 search results in the Espacenet mobile version but will be able to filter results for more specific results. The download limit for data will remain the same as the desktop versions.
The mobile versions of Espacenet and European Patent Register are leaner and more streamlined than the desktop versions and tailor-made for the small screen.
The Espacenet database and the European Patent Register can be accessed from the ‘Searching for patents’ options at the top of the Menu.
The ‘Searching for patents’ page opens with the basic search option as default. Users can shift between basic and advanced search by using the toggle buttons located at the top right corner or by clicking on the Advanced search option below Basic search bar. The option for searching the European Patent Register is located beneath the Advanced search option.
The database currently allows users to view only 100 results for their search. Users can decide the number of search results to be viewed on a single page by using the option located beneath the search results.
After you select your first criteria and enter your search term, Advanced search lets you add more criteria to the search, which can be selected using the drop down menu available at the ‘Add criteria’ button.
The European Patent Register search page is pretty straight forward. Users can type their search term in the search bar to view the results. Similar to Espacenet search, the Register search comes with basic (featured in the screenshot above) and advanced versions.
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