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Free Patent Data Sources


Patent2Net (P2N) is an open-source software suite for academic use (education and research) developed at the University of Toulon.  It gathers bibliographic data and full-text patents from the European Patent Organization's Espacenet worldwide database. It is applied to Espacenet as the search database rather than, for example, Patentscope, was due to the availability of an Application Programming Interface (API) that Espacenet offers. P2N interacts directly with Espacenet in the search for available patent information, is absolutely legal and transparent, and is an example of an open-source Open Patent Service (OPS) for education and academic research.


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