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 Summary Sheet


Producer:European Patent Office / FIZ Karlsruhe, Germany
File Size:More than 62.5 million patent families with about 120 million publications from 1782 to the present (01/2020)
More than 300 million legal status data in more than 30 million patent families from 1968 to present (01/2020)
More than 293 million patent and non-patent citations are available for 37 authorities from 1920 to the present (01/2020)
Citing patent information is available for more than 14.8 million records
File Type:Bibliographic
Content:International patents
Language:Original patent language; legal status also available in English
STN Easy:Yes

INPAFAMDB (INternational PAtent FAMily DataBase) contains the patent family data of patent documents and utility models of more than 100 patent-issuing organizations including the European Patent Office (EPO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). In addition, the legal status data of 77 patent-issuing organizations (53 countries + 24 countries of the national phases PCT/EP) are included. Patent citations from 31 countries are also available.
The database corresponds to the EPO Patent Information Resources (combined DOCDB-XMLdata and Inpadoc Legal Status Service).
The database indexes of INPAFAMDB are based on the patent families, where in INPADOCDB the indexes are based on the patent applications. The Accession Number AN in INPAFAMDB is the family number FN from INPADOCDB.


European Patent Office
Vienna Sub Office
P.O. Box 90
1031 Vienna
Phone: (+43 1) 52126-0
Fax: (+43 1) 52126-5491
Email: patentdata(at)epo(dot)org

FIZ Karlsruhe
P.O. Box 2465
76012 Karlsruhe
Phone: (+49) 7247/808-555
Telefax: (+49) 7247/808-131
Email: helpdesk(at)fiz-karlsruhe(dot)de

Copyright Holders

Usage Terms

The following database producer's special conditions for use of  his database(s) apply to your use of the INPAFAMDB file on STN.

I. General Part

1. Scope
Section 2 to 4 of these conditions apply to all databases offered via STN Karlsruhe as far as no differing regulations are specified under II. Special Part.

2. Customers
A customer is an individual or an institution (i.e. a legal body such as a university, public authority, company) for whom online access has been ordered.

3. Search Results
All rights are reserved. Search results delivered online or offline are only for internal (own) use of the customer. No written permission of the database producer is required if search results delivered to the customer in computer-readable form are used only for internal purposes of the customer, i.e. printed, processed, modified, or linked with other data (e.g. for creating a database). The customer must observe the copyright of the database producer.

Enter HELP SHARETERMS at an arrow promt (=>) or visit the STN Information Keep & Share Program for detailed information on the STN Information Keep & Share Program, which allows Recipients to purchase the right to archive and / or redistribute search results from STN databases for internal re-use.

Results from searches carried out by the customer on request, or on behalf of individuals or institutions (see under 2.) outside his own institution (third parties) may only be given to them for explicit internal use. The transmitted search results must include the database producer's copyright. For safety purposes, the customer may keep a copy of the results obtained from a search carried out for third parties.

The customer must obtain database producer's specific written permission for any further uses of search results obtained for third parties, particularly for the transmission of search results in electronic form or their distribution in hardcopy, e.g. sale, loan, license, or free charge.

The customer must do his/her best efforts in preventing a theft or inadvertent illicit dissemination of the records.

4. Warranty and Liability
The database producers shall use their best efforts to deliver correct information in their databases, however, they do not accept warrenty and liability for completeness, accuracy and timeliness unless set out differently in II. Special Part.