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Before using our new website, we recommend that you read the following articles on the esp@cenet® home page:

Introduction to esp@cenet® Version 3,
Some basic things you should know about esp@cenet® ,
Some basic things you should know about searching.

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Glossary of words and terms included in the general help:

Abstract
Abstract coverage of the worldwide database
Accession number
"Also published as" documents
Applicant
Application number
Basic search tips
Bibliographic data
Bibliographic coverage of the worldwide database
Boolean operators
Cited documents
Claims
Classification coverage of the worldwide database
Classification search
Corresponding documents
Country codes
Coverage of the esp@cenet® EP database
Coverage of the esp@cenet® WIPO database
Coverage of the worldwide database
Default operators
Description
esp@cenet®
European Classification (ECLA)
Facsimile coverage of the worldwide database
FAQ database
FAQ searching
INPADOC kind codes
INPADOC legal status
Inventor
International Patent Classification (IPC)
Kind codes
Legal status data correctness
Limitations
Mosaics
Nested queries
Non-patent literature (XP documents)
Number searches
Original documents
Patent families
PATLIB
Priority number
Publication date
Publication number
Results list
Title
Truncation
Updates
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)