For more than 30 years, the Publications Department of the European Patent Office (EPO) has continuously optimized the quality and distribution of its patent publications. A major step was taken recently with Luminess (formerly Jouve): the total dematerialization of its publications. Thus, the EPO no longer prints any patents but publishes them electronically. This process reduces costs and improves the quality of access to information while respecting the constraints of legal validity of the publication: up-to-date availability and fixed time of information. Of course, it had to guarantee a global clientele the security necessary for the reliability of a very high-availability hosting service.
Involved for many years in the capture, formatting and dissemination of patent information, Luminess perfectly mastered the data formats and technologies required. Thus, Luminess is able to distribute EPO patent data on CD-ROM (Space products) and on the Internet (“Publication Server” and “Mimosa On Line” application) from the same source of information. Indeed, its hosting center responds to strong constraints of availability, security and completeness required by strategic legal data for the technology watch of companies.
Involved for many years in the capture, compliance and dissemination of patent information, Luminess had a perfect command of the data formats and technologies required. Thus, Luminess propagates EPO patent data by addressing two audiences through Internet legal publication (“Publication Server” Application) and advanced search and data visualization applications (“PISE” Application) from the same source of information. Indeed, its hosting centers respond to strong constraints of availability, security and completeness required by strategic legal data for the technology watch of companies.
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The benefits of our solution
From now on, every Wednesday at 14 p.m. sharp, the EPO distributes European patent applications and granted patents via the Internet with the same legal validity as on paper. Accessible free of charge to all those involved in industrial property, more than 4500 patents are posted online every week and around 6.5 million patents are now available for consultation online and downloadable in XML, PDF or HTML.