Schedule for EPO’s bulk data deliveries in week 53/2020 and 01/2021, OPS registrations and OPS user support

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Schedule for EPO’s bulk data deliveries in week 53/2020 and 01/2021, OPS registrations and OPS user support

Post by EPO / OPS Support » Thu Oct 29, 2020 10:50 am

Dear bulk data/OPS users,

As in previous years, all EPO sites will be closed during Christmas/New Year period.

This year the EPO including Vienna Office will be closed from Friday, 25 December 2020 to Monday, 4 January 2021 and again on Wednesday, 6 January 2021 (Vienna Office only).

Here is some information about data and services that we provide and their schedule during mentioned period:

Bulk data sets:

Week 53/2020 (28.12.2020 -01.01.2021):
No new files will be available, except 14.1 EP Bibliographic data (EBD) and 14.12 EP full-text data week 53/2020.
Weekly tables on the website will not be updated, but they will be included in the data packages of DOCDB and INPADOC products once delivered.

If you want to order new or additional bulk data set subscription or order paying OPS for 2021 and you are not sure what the best option would be you can always send a request for an online meeting with me (Skype or Teams) and we will help you chose the right option or give you any additional information you might need to decide what to order or how to properly use it.

Week 01/2021 (04.01.2021-08.01.2021):
The missing weekly deliveries of week 53/2020 and the regular deliveries of week 01/2021 will be uploaded on the download area from 4 January 2021 onwards in the order as we receive them.

Weekly tables on the website will be published only for week 01/2021 updates, we will not publish week 53/2020 retroactively - if you need those, send us an email.

Please download 2020 exchange files latest until mid of January 2021, because most of 2020 files (with exception of 14.1 EBD and 14.12 EP full text data) will then get removed from the download area by the end of January (we cannot extend that deadline).

Open Patent Services (OPS):

If you plan to register to OPS or need any other assistance, please do so before Thursday, 24 December 2020.

During the above-mentioned period we will not be able to reply to your questions nor make changes/validate your Open Patent Services (OPS) account. We will also not be able to reply or moderate the OPS discussion forum.

Open Patent Services (OPS) – paying subscriptions


If you want to request paying OPS subscription for 2021 (subscription to OPS paying is possible from January to December only), please contact csc@epo.org before January 2021.

If you need consultation prior to ordering I am available for Skype/Teams online meeting anytime, just send me a request via email.

If you did not prolong your OPS paying subscription beyond 2020, you will lose your access above 4 GB/weekly in the week 02/2021. You will get an automated notification once the paying access is removed. You will still have access to OPS, but only as a free-of-charge user (up to 4 GB per week).


If you have any questions or you want to organise online meeting feel free to contact us at patentdata@epo.org

Best regards / Mit freundlichen Grüßen / Sincères salutations

Ms Vesna Vajsbaher on behalf of Patent Data Services Team and OPS support


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