The EPO databases, tools and services are tailored to the needs and interests of different audiences and are constantly improved and updated in line with the latest developments in the relevant technological fields. Based on a selection of these tools, the following modules will show you how to search efficiently for prior art or use patent information.
Common Citation Document (CCD)
Here you find a tutorial on the CCD and a the recording of live session presented by Nigel Clarke, EPO, June 2016.
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Here you find the recording of a webinar presented by Patrick LeGonidec, EPO, on 3 November 2015.
This interactive training course provides all the information you need on how to use Espacenet, including search criteria, search strategies, power tips and background information.
European Patent Register
The European Patent Register Assistant is an interactive, online training course that shows you how to follow patent applications and inspect files using the European Patent Register and Register Alert service. It is available in English, French and German.
Global Patent Index
This module will introduce you to the Global Patent Index (GPI), which is part of the patent information services for experts (PISE) available on the EPO website. The GPI is a subscription-based database designed to help you in your search for prior art for patent applications. The module takes a typical situation and uses it to explore how GPI works and what its benefits are.