The amount of data available and produced every day is exploding – data has become an important raw material that is of high importance in nearly every industry sector worldwide. Therefore a vital data economy and a successfully working Data-Services Ecosystem in Austria is one of the factors to enable and ensure sustainable employment and growth and thereby societal stability and well-being.
The European Patent Office (EPO) provides patent protection for inventions in up to 40 European countries on the basis of one single application. The EPO also publishes these patents and make them available to the public in a variety of formats: via online tools, web services or bulk data. To be prepared for the future and make patent information useful for as many user groups as possible, in spring 2018 the meta-data (aka bibliographic data) of all EP patents since 1978 has been made available in the data set “Linked open EP data”.