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Before you apply for a patent, it is important to conduct a comprehensive search for patent information. This step in the application process helps you to avoid wasting time and money by duplicating work that's already been done.
On Saturday 2nd November the way that the applicant's address and the address for legal service are displayed within the bibliographic details section of AusPat was changed.
The changes that were made include:
"Applicant Address" field in Bibliographic data:
- For applications corresponding to pre-1/1/2004 PCT applications that have not entered the Australian National phase and for applications in Mainframe (an IP Australia administrative computer system), no address details will be made visible. A static message "Not Published" will be displayed for these cases.
- For all other applications, a shortened version of the address (i.e. postcode, state and country) should be made visible in static view (where available)
"Address for Legal Service" field in Bibliographic data:
- For application details sourced from Mainframe, a hyperlink to show full address will be made available. Applications corresponding to pre-1/1/2004 PCT applications that have not entered the Australia National phase will not have an address for legal service.
- For all other applications, a shortened version of the address (i.e. postcode, state, suburb and country) will be made visible in static view and a hyperlink to show the full address will also be made available.
AusPat changes for IP Reform
AusPat changes were made on 2 March 2013 in relation to the IP Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Act 2012. It is important to understand these changes and our search functionalities.
Why should I search?
Searching patent information can help you to avoid wasting time and money duplicating work that's already been done.
More than 40 million patent documents have been published, with almost a million new disclosures added each year.
Each patent document has a unique identifying number and includes a detailed description of an invention, usually with drawings, and information about the inventor and applicant.
Reasons to search
Performing a search prior to applying is vital as it helps you to:
- determine whether you can protect your IP i.e. does your invention meet the various requirements for successful grant of a patent?
- determine whether you are infringing someone else's IP
- learn about the competition or for research purposes
- determine who owns an item of IP
- check that your IP is not being infringed
- obtain product information on your competitors
Each of these reasons focuses on distinct legal questions. Often different databases and other relevant sources need to be searched thoroughly. This is because it is not possible to give a 100 per cent guarantee that your patent will not breach one previously granted. In other words you are limiting your results by relying solely on a single database search for a patent. Find out more information about types of searches.
Get professional help to search
Our search databases provide an important step in your patent application process. For any specific assistance or to seek advice you can contact an IP professional.
When engaging a professional searcher such as a patent attorney or search agent, it is important for you to understand the various search objectives and work out the type of search you will need. It can be economical to conduct a number of searches simultaneously.
Last Updated: 27/11/2013