Bulk retrieval limit definition / legal data download

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gerben
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Bulk retrieval limit definition / legal data download

Post by gerben » Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:42 pm

Dear OPS team,

I have a question regarding the definition of the bulk retrieval limit on page 52 of ops_v3.2_documentation_-_version_1.3.6_en.pdf.
It states:
Note, the bulk retrieval is limited to 100 references.
Do I have to interpret this as I can submit 100 references in the request, or as I have to make sure my request does not generate more than 100 results?

I intend to write a procedure for downloading a complete inpadoc family with biblio and legal data. It would start with retrieving a family list without any detail (page 83). This family list will be parsed to extract reference numbers which will be used to download biblio and legal details using the bulk retrieval as described in page 50 (and 114 for legal).
  1. Is it possible to download legal status data in bulk, similar to the biblio bulk retrieval as described in page 50?
  • To prevent having to parse two types of numbers for doing the bulk data retrievals (publication number for biblio and application number for legal status) I would like to submit both requests with application/docdb numbers (legal status requests seem to not accept epodoc application numbers as input, see below). However, if I submit 100 application numbers, I will probably retrieve more than 100 publications, will this succeed or will it overrun the bulk retrieval limit?
  • It seems as if legal status retrieval does not accept Application numbers in epodoc format as input. If this is the intended behaviour, please mention this in the manual in the legalstatus retrieval section (page 114).


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Re: Bulk retrieval limit definition / legal data download

Post by EPO / OPS Support » Wed May 02, 2018 9:15 am

Hi,

See my reply below:
1.)
Is it possible to download legal status data in bulk, similar to the biblio bulk retrieval as described in page 50?
Bulk retrieval is only possible for OPS Published Services with Biblio.

2.)
Note, the bulk retrieval is limited to 100 references.
The sentence states that you can query in a bulk 100 numbers.

3.)
It seems as if legal status retrieval does not accept Application numbers in epodoc format as input.
Yes, this is intended because this service is linked to INPADOC service that one does not use epodoc number normalisation rules for applications/priorty.

I hope this helps,

Vesna for OPS support


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