This morning I discovered several nice enhancements in esp@cenet:
1. Expanded search terms
For years the maximum number of search terms you could input in any esp@cenet field was four. This limitation appears to have been lifted. I was able to successfully run searches using five or more terms.
2. Highlighted search terms
Search terms are now highlighted in retrieved titles and abstracts.
3. Sorting search results
Search results can be sorted by priority date, inventor, applicant, ECLA code and upload date.
The latest issue of the EPO's Patent Information News hints at more improvements to come later this year.