The European Patent Office (EPO) has released the new Espacenet, a substantially revised and improved version of the Office's patent information search tool. New features and enhanced functionality will make it easier for users to conduct patent searches and access over 110 million patent documents from all over the world free-of-charge.

Since the release of the original Espacenet in 1998, the tool's primary purpose has been to connect EPO users with the most up-to-date patent records from all regions. The addition of the Patent Translate feature, which provides translations from English, French and German into 32 European and Asian languages, already enhanced the access Espacenet provides to information in recent years.