Report:Surf-IP/Search Interface/The Search Forms
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|The Surf-IP search platform ceases operation as of September 30, 2011. A list of websites of other IP offices where users can conduct patent, trademark, and design searches will be posted by IPOS after Surf-IP ceases operations.|
The Search Forms
Surf IP is not supported on the common browser Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer is most compatible browser for the system.
The Surf IP interface consists of five search forms. Each one provides a different function while keeping to a simple format.
The Quick Search is the simplest form. The user enters only English keywords or phrases in order to search across all available databases. Boolean, proximity and truncation operators are allowed.
The Simple Search follows the guidelines of the Quick Search, but the user can select the patent databases to search as well.
The IPC Search allows the user to search any IPC category or subcategory, as well as select which databases to search. Boolean and proximity operators are unavailable in the IPC search.
The Patent Number Search allows the user to search for a specific patent document in a particular database. Boolean, proximity and truncation operators are not allowed.
The Structured Search lets the user search in specific fields such as title, abstract, claims, etc while using the AND function up to three times to narrow the search. All operators are available in each search box, but the user should keep in mind that each box is combined using only the AND operator. The user may also limit the search by patent source.
Because coverage from each authority is different, certain fields may or may not be able to be searched. The table below shows the coverage of data source fields for available search facilities:
The table below shows the fields available for each authority in the Structured Search: