Import Prior Art References from Espacenet (Pending, Issued, U.S. and Foreign Applications) (w/ Video)

Written by Mason Davis

Last published at: January 26th, 2022

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AppColl integrates with EspaceNet to add or update prior art references for published and issued patents for both U.S. and foreign countries. To do this, go to the Matter Prior Art page for a matter and click the “Load Available Refs” button on the left side of the screen.

Please Not
: Private Pair does not provide an easy-to-access list of references for pending U.S. patent applications. Most of the references are only listed in IDSes filed by the applicant, 892 and 1449s. As such, EspaceNet may not always return the complete list of references for published applications. You're encouraged to verify the integrity of the reference list 


This may take some time depending on the number of references being retrieved. Please Note: if a reference already exists, it will not be duplicated. Once complete, the following popup appears showing the results:


The downloaded references now appear as shown below. Please Note: EspaceNet does not provide values for the Cite Date or Cited By columns.