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European international IP authorities: documentation

The following is a detailed list of European Patent Office and Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market documentation held within the British Library's intellectual property collection. 

Intellectual Property stock locations

IP Open Access: Always available in the Business & IP Centre

IP Reserve South: In secure storage, can be delivered to the Centre in typically 1-3 hours

IP Reserve North: In secure storage, can be delivered to the Centre in 48+ hours. If a nine-digit number is shown under "location", these can be ordered for use in the Centre by registered readers through Explore the British Library. Please type the number into the Explore search box to rapidly retrieve the record.

IP Reserve Material cannot be ordered for same-day delivery after 16:00. Sometimes the service may not be available all day on Saturday due to staffing. Some Reserve Material may not be available at times due to stock movements. Please contact us before your visit to check.


Patent specifications

Applications (A specs):1 - 1492398PaperIP Reserve North
 2400830 - to dateCDIP Open Access
 1 - 2400829CDIP Reserve North
Granted (B specs):1 - to Dec. 2002PaperIP Reserve North
 2012 - to dateCDIP Open Access
 1 - to Dec. 2011CDIP Reserve North
English translations (full specs post-grant):1 - to datePaperIP Reserve South
English translations (claims pre-grant):111394 - to datePaperIP Reserve South


Classified Abstracts (Auszüge) A01-H051978 -1985PaperIP Reserve North
Classified Abstracts (Auszüge) Teil 1-31985 - 2001PaperIP Reserve North
Name Index of Published Applications1978 - to datePaperIP Reserve North
Name Index of Granted Patents1980 - to datePaperIP Reserve North
Derwent European Patents Reports/Abstracts 
CH/A-M1979 – to datePaperIP Reserve North
PQ1981 – to datePaperIP Reserve North
EL/S-X 1982 – to datePaperIP Reserve North
Complete Unexamined1980 – to datePaperIP Reserve North
Complete Granted1985 – 1999PaperIP Reserve North
Delayed Search Reports1988 - 1998PaperIP Reserve North

Patent databases

EPOline European Patent File Register (status for international phase, file wrappers)1978 – to dateOnline 
European Patent Server (complete specifications)2004 – to dateOnline 
Access (subject, name, etc)2012 - to dateCDIP Open Access
 1978 - 2011CDIP Reserve North
Bulletin (status)2012 - to dateCDIP Open Access
 1978 - 2011CDIP Reserve North

Official journals

European Patent Bulletin (details of patents)1978 - 2004PaperIP Reserve South
 2012 - to dateCD/DVDIP Open Access
 2002 - 2011CDIP Reserve North
 last two yearsOnline 
Official Journal of the EPO (admin)1978 - 2013PaperIP Reserve South
 1997 - to dateOnline 
 2012 - to dateCD/DVDIP Open Access
 1998 - 2013 (cumulated)CD/DVDIP Open Access
 1978 - 2011CDIP Reserve North
Cross-Reference Index:1980 - 3/8/05PaperIP Reserve North
(cross-reference indexes between EP and WO numbers for EP patents derived from PCT applications)

BL patent registers

Stages of Progress Registers (orange/yellow)1 - 1492398PaperIP Open Access

Legal decisions

Espace Legal European Decisions2012 - to dateCD/DVDIP Open Access
 2004 - 2011CD/DVDIP Reserve North
EPO Decisions (Unpublished)T01/80 - 1996PaperIP Reserve South
European Patent Office Reports1979 - to datePaperIP Open Access
Decisions of the European Communities1974 - 1979, 1983PaperIP Reserve South
EPO Decisions1979 - to dateOnline 
European National Patent Reports2001 - to datePaperIP Open Access
Intellectual Property Decisions (abstracts)1978 - 2010PaperIP Open Access

Miscellaneous patent publications

EPO Annual Reports1981 - 2004PaperIP Reserve South
 1997 - to dateOnline 
OHIM Annual Reports1999 – to dateOnline 
Internal EPO Classification SectionsA-H & 1-124PaperIP Open Access
EPO patent examination guidelines1989, 1992, 1999PaperIP Reserve South
EPO qualifying examination past papers1979 - 1994PaperIP Reserve South
List of Corrigenda1981 - 1984PaperIP Reserve South

Trade marks

Trade Mark Bulletin1998 - 2003PaperIP Reserve North
 2003 - to dateOnline 
Official Journal of the OHIM (admin)1998 - to datePaperIP Reserve North
 1995 – to dateOnline 
National Law Relating to the Community Trade Mark (2nd Ed.) PaperIP Reserve South
eSearch Plus (main trade mark database)1998 - to dateOnline 
European Trade Marks Reports1996 - to datePaperIP Open Access
eSearch Case Law (legal decisions)1998 - to dateOnline 


Community Designs Bulletin2003 – to dateOnline 
European Copyright & Design Reports1999 - to datePaperIP Open Access
eSearch Case Law (legal decisions)2003 - to dateOnline 
eSearch Plus (main design database)CurrentOnline