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IP Data Corporation

Manuals, Patents, File Histories, DATA SERVICES

Individual patents or small quantities of image copies for applications and patents, plus file prosecution histories and other IP services may be ordered through our Automated Patent Library System menu and forms (APLS). To sign-up for APLS, Click the APLS Logon menu item and click the REGISTER link as the bottom of the page. There is no fee to sign-up for APLS to see what is available.


This section introduces our bulk patent data collections with a link at the bottom that will take you to our Details page which also has links for samples of the data and copies of our MAPS Patent Data Format Specification.

We currently have the following Full Text Collections available in MAPS and MAPS-XML formats:

  • US Applications and Patents,
  • WO (Patent Cooperation Treaty) Applications,
  • EP (European Patent Office) Applications and Patents,

We also have Abstract Collections in English for the following Authorities in our MAPS or MAPS-XML formats:

  • US  -  Applications and Patents, 
  • WO - Patent Cooperation Treaty Applications (A1 and A2 Kind Pubs),
  • EP  - European Patent Office Applications (A1 and A2 Kind Pubs), 
  • JP   - Japanese Patent Office - this is not JAPIO XML formatted data),

The JP Abstracts are not in JAPIO format. No software is included for viewing, this is only the raw data files. They also have added fields such as the DOCDB Family ID and CPC Classifications. If they were assigned by the EPO in the DOCDB collection.

Complete multi-page 300 dpi facsimile versions of the Full Text collections (listed above) are also available in TIF or PDF format. Front pages of patents and applications are also available for the same collections.

All of the above patent publications are available as annual subscriptions updated weekly that subscribers can access via FTP or HTTP.  Over 40 megabits of "enterprise quality" fiber optic  bandwidth is available to support our subscribers.

The latest MAPS Patent Text Data Specification, collection descriptions, approximate collections sizes and weekly subscription information, plus links to sample data are all available on the Patent Data Collections detailed information page at the link below:  

        Patent Data Collections 


Cooperative Patent Classification System


In September 2014, the USPTO and KIPO (Korean IP Office) inked an agreement to work together on the CPC. KIPO will fully CPC classify all new patent applications and utility models, but no mention of back-file data. The CPC system is gaining wide acceptance. It definitely has the detail needed to replace the US system, and then some. We're still studying and learning the details, and the USPTO decision for the two year overlap (CPC/USC) makes more sense to us (it gives us more time, too. 1 year down, 1 to go). The EPO seems to have completed most, if not all of the their ECLA to CPC translations and CPC assignments, and unlike the ECLA data, the EPO's CPC data have been added to DOCDB for all countries they handle. We think it's a wonderful addition to the data, and our compliments and thanks go to the EPO!