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 In general the publication number (PN) is typed without spaces, with or without the kind code (optional, mandatory). A dot is separating the publication number and the kind code.

General PN format

General IPsurvey format

IPsurvey example

CCnn…nnn.K(K) 

CCnn...nnn.K(K) 

EP1234567

For certain countries and patent-granting authorities specific rules apply for the publication number format. These are:

Optional kind code:

The kind code A is never attached to the serial number.

Mandatory kind codes:

The kind codes D-Z should always be part of the publication number by adding the first letter of the kind code to the end of the serial number. Example:

PN format

IPsurvey format

IPsurvey example

CC nn…nnn K(K) 

CCnn...nnnK.K(K) 

DE112007003319T.T5
DE112007003319T

For the following countries, the kind codes B and C should always be part of the publication number by adding the first letter of the kind code at the end of the serial number. Example

 

CountryCountry code Mandatory kind code

Austria

AT

B,C, D-Z

Australia

AU

B,C, D-Z

Bosnia and Herzegovina

BA

B,C, D-Z

Bulgaria

BG

B,C, D-Z 

China

CNB,C, D-Z 

Denmark

DK

B,C, D-Z 

Finland

FIB,C, D-Z

Japan

JPB,C, D-Z

Iceland

IS

B,C, D-Z 

Korea (South)

KRB,C, D-Z 

Norway

NO

B,C, D-Z 

Poland

PLB,C, D-Z 

Slovakia

SKB,C, D-Z 
UruguayUYB,C, D-Z 
TaiwanTWB,C, D-Z 

The Nederlands

NL

B,C, D-Z

Yugoslavia/Serbia and Montenegro

YUB,C, D-Z

Country specific publication number format:

Korea, USA and WIPO

The conversion table below is used to convert publication numbers from Korea, USA and WIPO into the right IPsurvey number format, where

XXDocument type. May be 1 or 2 characters.
YYIs the filing year. May be 2 or 4 digits.

CC

Is the country code

nn..nnn

Serial number. May be up to 15 digits. The first n may be a letter.

K(K)

Optional kind code. May be 1 or 2 characters.

Country

Time range

PN format

IPsurvey format

IPsurvey example

KR

1/3/2001 -

CC XXYYYYnnnnnnn K(K)

CCYYYYnnnnnnn.K(K)

KR20081234567.A

US

All

CC n,nnn,nnn K(K) 

CCnnnnnnn.K(K) 

US1234567.A

 

1/3/2001 -

CC YYYY/0nnnnnn K(K)

CCYYYYnnnnnn.K(K)

US2003123456.B2

19/10/1978 - 30/06/2002

CC YY/nnnnn K(K)

CCYYnnnnn.K(K)

WO0112345.A1

WO

 

01/07/2002 - 31/12/2003

CC YY/nnnnnn K(K)

CCYYnnnnnn.K(K)

WO03123456.B1

01/01/2004 -

CC YYYY/nnnnnn K(K)

CCYYYYnnnnnn.K(K)

WO2005123456.A2


Japan

The traditional Japanese calendar year consisted of Emperor and the year of his reign and for a period between 1926 and 1996 these information was part of the publication number format for Japan. Traditional Japanese publication numbers therefor consisted of Emperor, year of his reign, and a serial number for this period. See an example below:

Publications after 29th of Marts 1996 is entered in IPsurvey with the general publication number format CCnn...nnn.K(K).

The concordance table below is used to convert publication numbers from Japan into the right IPsurvey number format, where

XXDocument type. May be 1 or 2 characters.
YYIs the filing year. May be 2 or 4 digits.

CC

Is the country code

nn..nnn

Serial number. May be up to 15 digits. The first n may be a letter.

K(K)

Optional kind code. May be 1 or 2 characters.


in the table is typed as shown on the front page.

 

JP 
kind code

Time range

PN format

IPsurvey format

IPsurvey example

General notes

 

Always 6 or 7   digits, leadings 0 added in nnnnnn.
Years with 1 or 2 digits.

When  n > 1 digit leading zeros are omitted.
Years always 2 digits.

 

 

A1, K1

 

25/12/1926 – 10/04/1989

CC YY-(n)nnnnnn K(K)

CCSn(nnnnn).K(K)

JPS12345B.B2

11/04/1989 – 24/12/1999

CC Y-(n)nnnnnn K(K)

CCHYYn(nnnnn).K(K)

JPH021.A1

11/04/1989 – 24/12/1999

CC 1Y- (n)nnnnnn K(K)

CCHYYn(nnnnn).K(K)

JPH11123456.A1

B1, B2, K2

12/01/1927 – 26/12-1989

CC YY- (n)nnnnnn K(K)

CCSYYn(nnnnn)K.K(K)

JPS541234B

01/03/1989 – 29/03/1996

CC Y- (n)nnnnnn K(K)

CCH0Yn(nnnnn)K.K(K)

JPH0412345B.B4

U

13/09/1971 – 10/04/1989

CC YY-(n)nnnnnn (K)

CCSYYn(nnnnn)K.K(K)

JPS4112345U.U

Y1

 

25/12/1926 – 05/06/1996

CC YY-(n)nnnnnn K(K)

CCSYYn(nnnnn)K.K(K)

JPS241234Y

17/01/1927 – 28/02/1989

CC YY-(n)nnnnnn K(K)

CCSYYn(nnnnn)K.K(K)

JPS48123Y.Y2

Y2

01/03/1989 – 29/03/1996

CC 1-(n)nnnnnn K(K)

CCH01n(nnnnn)K.K(K)

JPH011235Y.Y2

 

 

01/03/1989 – 29/03/1996

CC 2-(n)nnnnnn K(K)

CCH02n(nnnnn)K.K(K)

JPH021235Y

01/03/1989 – 29/03/1996

CC Y(3-9)- (n)nnnnnn K(K)

CCH0Y(3-9)n(nnnnn)K.K(K)

JPH0412345Y

K5

Same as Y1/Y2 publications

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