Viewing the EP State Information

The EP state data can be viewed at the document level and in the Legal Events tab.

Validated EP States within the document view
We have included the EP validated states and indication of Active (in green) and Abandoned (in red) to the right of the patent number to making it easy to ascertain the current member state protection.

The hover over shows the validated state details including the most recent fee paid and the year it was made.

This example shows one with validated states and those which reached full term, DE and IT, and those which were abandoned.

This view only includes the EP validated state data information and covers:

Fee paid, either current or previously, to the contracting state and reported to the EPO

Patent was validated and current in the member state

Patent was validated, but subsequently abandoned in the member state, and no longer enforceable.

Full term
Patent was validated but is no longer enforceable because it has reached its end.

To see the all the details of the EP member state status, view them in the Legal tab, and then the Validated Data.

On the Validation Data tab, the number of validated states, and the current active states numbers are shown.

The Validation Data tab will tell you how many states have been validated and how many are active. In the example above, Validation Data (9,3), indicates there are 9 validated states, and 3 which are active.

Within this tab, the details of the EP state data are available, including State, Status (Abandoned, Active, Full term, Lapsed, and Unknown), Fee Year, Paid date, Recorded date, Code (from the EPO Register or Legal Events data), Effective date, Event date and Lapsed date.

Use the "hover over" for each column to give you detailed description of that data, and we have also included a link the EPO Register, so you view the details there as well.

Within the Validation Data table, you can sort, arrange, of hide the individual columns as you need, so for example highlight the information important to you.

The Status column holds data in one of 5 statuses:

  1. Active: Patent is validated and enforceable in the member state indicated.
  2. Abandoned: Patent was validated in the indicated member state but abandoned and is no longer enforceable.
  3. Lapsed: The patent was never validated and AcclaimIP received a signal from the EPO that the opportunity to validate has lapsed.
  4. Full Term: All annuity payments through year 20 were made and the patent survived to full term in the indicated jurisdiction but is expired and no longer enforceable.
  5. Unknown: No information is available for the member state indicated. Newly granted EP patents have no validation data, and some member states don’t regularly report.

While Abandoned, Lapsed and Full term are specific cases all meaning “inactive,” we divide them up so that we can do full portfolio analytics and examine annuity payment behavior for specific patent owners, art classes, etc.

EP State Types

EP member states are divided into three categories:
Contracting (C) -- 38 states
Validation (V) -- 5 states
Extension (E) -- 2 states

Contracting states are full members and there are currently 38 countries/states with full EPO membership status. Validation states include, Cambodia, Georgia, Moldova, Morocco and Tunisia and Extension states are Bosnia  Herzegovina, and Montenegro.  Validation and Extension States typically do not report the status of patents validated in those countries.

By default, this column is hidden, but you can include them by selecting Type (see below)

By adding Type, we can see which states are Contracting, Validation and Extension.

Annuity Decision Report

While this report is primarily used to help you decide on if to continue protection, via annuity payments, it can also be used to give a graphical display of the patent families and their key indicators, such as estimated expiration, and in the case of validated EP states, if they are active or have been abandoned.


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