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Interface to the DEPATIS patent document archive

DEPATISconnect allows you to download patent and utility model specifications via a constant interface from the DEPATIS document archive. Documents are retrieved via the document identification number. You can search for applicants, IPC, etc. using the freely accessible DEPATISnet database.

From DEPATISconnect , you can download facsimile documents of DE, DD, EP and WO documents in PDF, TIFF or BACON format as well as optionally the corresponding bibliographic data. BACON and TIFF are not available for all documents. If available, you can also obtain the full texts of DE and DD documents in XML or DATIMTEX format. It is not allowed to download patent documents of other patent offices via this interface.

Availability of data
The data are available 24 hours a day via the interface. The data of the current publication week are usually available to you at 0.00 CET on the publication date

Test data/technical requirements
It is possible to set up a temporary test account subject to one-time payment for setting up the connection. If you conclude a DEPATISconnect agreement subsequently, the payment for the connection will be offset against the overall charges. The pdf- Datei technical specification (in German) provides a detailed description of the connection to the interface.

We only charge the costs for setting up your connection to the interface to the DEPATIS document archive and the operational costs. At present, prices are:

  • one-time payment to set up the connection: 250 Euro
  • annual costs for use: 2.500 Euro

The DPMA cannot guarantee uninterrupted access via the interface and permanent availability of the data in the DEPATIS document archive.

Contractual agreement
The data supply via the interface is subject to an agreement to be concluded with the DPMA. Please fill in the DEPATISconnect standard agreement

Please note:

For reasons of data protection, the DPMA may provide its data only for specific purposes of use. In Section 3 of the agreement, you can indicate the intended purpose.
We have pre-formulated two options of use with a) and b) that you may tick. These rights of use already meet data protection requirements.
In the free text fields c), d) and e), you can adjust the possible use to your specific needs. If you use the free text fields, please specify your intended use as precisely as possible, as your intention will be checked for data protection requirements by the DPMA.
Please send the agreement together with the annex in duplicate to the DPMA. And please note that the agreement must have a legally valid original signature.

Should you have any questions on the supply of data, you can contact us at

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