FIZ Karlsruhe, the European partner of science and technology online service STN International, has added EPFULL (the European Patents Full Text database) to its portfolio of patent databases. EPFULL covers the full text of European patent applications and granted European patents as well as bibliographic records for PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) applications transferred to the EPO. This new file replaces the former files EUROPATFULL and PATOSEP. Numerous search fields allow detailed searches (also for special information such as the address of the patent assignee or inventor) and statistic evaluations. Truncated searches are also possible. EPFULL on STN can be tested in February 2005 without connect time charges.
Records contain bibliographic data, the full text of the detailed description, and claims. The complete specification is given in one of EPO's official languages English, German, or French for published unexamined applications (A-documents) from 1987 to date and examined granted patents (B-documents) since 1991. Titles are available in all three languages. Claims can be accessed for A-documents in English, German, or French, for B-documents in all three languages. Abstracts in the original publication language can be searched for A-documents. English abstracts are added to German and French documents within several weeks of their addition to the database. Patent, application and priority information, abstracts, and claims are searchable. All documents featuring the same application number are grouped together in one single document. Bibliographic data correspond to those in the European Patent Bulletin/European Patent Register. The file is updated weekly. All information in EPFULL can be accessed through STN's search functions. Search terms may be entered individually, or in a combined search. Only results matching all predefined criteria are retrieved. Simultaneous left and right truncation (searches using the root of a word, with prefixes and/or suffixes substituted by question marks) is also possible.