"Clipped image" aka "First page clipping now available via OPS for every publication

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"Clipped image" aka "First page clipping now available via OPS for every publication

Post by EPO / OPS Support » Wed May 05, 2021 12:53 pm


As of March 2021 on, the EPO is producing an image (representative drawing) from the first page of a patent document (when available) as a "Clipped image" aka "First page clipping" for every document added into our database after March 2021.

The old rule in place for production of such images in the past, that stated 1 image per simple family no longer applies.

Here is an example of one such newly produced image:

At the moment, the plan is only to produce such images for data added going back to October 2020. We don't expect to get them produced for entire backfile. We also will not have this data available in a bulk. It is only available in OPS Published Services with Image Constituante and in tools like Espacenet and Global Patent Index (GPI)

Vesna for OPS support

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