AusPat is IP Australia's comprehensive search system for information on Australian patents.
AusPat has three search interfaces. This video provides an overview on how to conduct searches using the advanced search interface.
The advanced search interface provides a free-text input box to create complex search queries. A good understanding of patent searching is required to use the Advanced Search functions effectively.
Start by typing a search query into the text box. Search queries generally consist of three parts: search terms, field codes, and an operator linking the term to its associated field with another search term and its field code.
For example, to search for patent applications relating to the wheels of caravans, type wheel in lower-case.
This search term now needs to be linked to a field code, which is the place where the search term is located in the data. To limit the search to patent applications with the word ‘wheel’ in their abstract, type IN AB. IN is an operator which tells AusPat to look in the particular field, and AB is the field code for the abstract field, which you can see from the Available fields list below the search box.
Remember, if the field says ‘full text only’; tick the 'Include Full Text Search' box.
To look for applications with both ‘wheel’ and 'caravans', the search terms need to be linked with the operator 'AND'.
Because this search is for caravan wheels, it’s necessary to add the International Patent Classification, or IPC. The IPC 'B60P3/32' is the international symbol for vehicles comprising living accommodation, including caravans.
Parentheses provide greater control over how AusPat interprets search queries. For example, to search for documents which talk about the axle of a caravan, but might not mention the word wheel in their abstract, use parentheses and the OR operator. This will ensure that the search covers all applications with the specific IPC mark and either wheel or axle or both words in their abstract.
To refine search results, or to broaden a search, click 'Refine your query' to return to the original Advanced search interface.
Here, for example, you can broaden the IPC mark to cover all vehicles which have been adapted to carry a load under the group B60P. To do this delete 3/32, and add a wildcard (*) after P. This wildcard matches zero or more characters in AusPat, meaning it will find all the IPC marks under B60P.
Tick the 'Full Text Search' box to maximise the number of search results.
The MySearches feature allows the saving of up to ten search strings for future use. This is done by clicking the 'plus' symbol next to the search summary. Enter a name for the search in the pop-up box, for example 'Caravan wheels', and click 'OK' to save it in the MySearches list.
To access the saved search, click on the MySearches box.
From here it is possible to load searches saved on a computer, save searches as text files to a computer and combine two selected searches.
It is also possible to clear the entire list, delete individual searches, or view the search string of a search.
To open or save a text file of all the application numbers from a search click the 'Download Application Numbers' link.
The MyList function enables downloading of bibliographic details for up to 300 applications.
To add an application to MyList, tick the box at the end of the row. To add all the applications on the page, tick the box in the heading row.
To access the list, click on the MyList box. To access an application click on the number, to delete individual applications click on the cross, or clear the entire list by clicking on the 'clear list' link.
MyList also allows saving of bibliographic summaries for all the applications as either a PDF or CSV report.
For more information on AusPat searches refer to the User Guide under Learning.
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