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Because of the unpredictable, large amount of updated records delivered by DocDB (which can cause delays in processing national office data), we are more selective in processing DocDB data by effectively spreading the weekly loads over a full week instead of processing the data when it is received. Doing so allows us to make sure that files covering newly published documents are processed in a timely manner.

The data we receive from patent offices may differ from what is available through their portals as they are separate products with different maintenance procedures and schedules. As a result, it may be helpful to consult the /legalstatus service if a more current source is needed.

In the following sections, we include information about data volumes and frequency of updates for the main raw data sources.

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