Ruby Gem EPO-OPS released

The research group Competitive Intelligence at the Big Data Center of the Fraunhofer Institute for International Management and Knowledge Economy has released their latest ruby gem epo-ops to provide an easy to use interface to the European Patent Office’s Open Patent Sevices API through Ruby.

The European Patent Office (EPO) maintains one of the largest bodies of patent information worldwide. The EPO also provides an API called Open Patent Services (OPS) in XML. Usage of the OPS API is free of charge up to 2.5 GB per week via a free OPS account and 64€ per GB above this threshold, making a significant amount of data available for patent-related projects.

ruby_gem_exampleTo improve the rather unwieldy XML API, the Competitive Intelligence research group at the Big Data Center of the Fraunhofer Institute fro International Management and Knowledge Economy released an open source ruby gem on github. Developed to assist the research group's own projects, the new eps-ops ruby gem is made up of useful wrapper classes to access the various functions provided by the original OPS API. In addition, the new gem includes plenty of workarounds coping with usage limitations of EPO's own API and to reduce complexity of accessing the EPO data.

For further information, please refer to the Competitive Intelligence research group's own website. To access the of the new ruby gem directly, please find it on github. The team welcomes any feedback and is grateful for suggestion for further improvement.

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