The European Patent Office publishes a set of CD ROMs containing patent applications and published patents from 1978 to the present. These CD ROM collections are called:
Espace EP-A (applications)
Espace EP-B (patents)
Many libraries in Europe have these CDs, and a list of the libraries can be found here:
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I am interested in getting this data, but I am not in Europe and I cannot find anywhere local that has it. The job would be to copy this data. The data does NOT need to be in the original CD form -- preparing a hard drive full of the data would be much simpler.
There are a LOT of these CDs (hundreds or thousands), probably totaling 100+ gigabytes.
I am not sure what the library policies are with respect to copying this data. Before bidding on this job, please contact the library local to you from the above list, confirm with the library that they do have the CDs available and that you can get adequate access to them to copy them in a reasonable time (understand that you could be copying CDs full-time for weeks if there are a couple thousand CDs).
If you can only do part of this job, due to time constraints or because your library has only part of the collection, please let me know. I will consider using multiple people for the job.
1) A hard drive or DVDs with all the EP-A and EP-B data, labeled such that no information is lost (the directory names should reflect the CD from which the data came, in case that information is necessary). FAT32 is probably the preferred drive format, but other standard formats may work.
2) Incremental uploads of the data during the job so that we can check for accuracy and see how the data is formatted. If you do not have broadband access, you could just upload some sample data.
You can quote the job as "Cost plus materials". In other words, give me a cost for your labor, and on top of that I'll pay you for any drives or DVDs you need to buy.
Need to be able to read CDs and potentially DVDs, copy files to a hard drive or DVD, and mail the data via some express service.
Having multiple computers or CD drives available would help speed the job up, but is not necessary.
Access to high-speed internet would be useful for incremental data uploads, but not necessary.