Report:TotalPatent/Search Interface/The Search Forms/Guided Search
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The Guided Search Form
TotalPatent offers a search form with two different levels of complexity: 1) The Guided Search form and 2) the Advanced Search form.
The Guided Search form provides a large text box for entering search terms, with a drop down menu above the box to select which portions of documents to search within "Full Text (including Bibliographic)," "Title, Abstract, or Claims," "Title or Abstract," "Title," or "Claims." Below this Search Terms box is a section labeled "Authorities" which shows "Major Full Text," "Other Full Text," and "Bibliographic and Abstract" patent authorities which may be selected to search within (the "Other Full Text" and "Bibliographic and Abstract" lists of authorities may be expanded or collapsed). By default, seven major Full Text authorities are selected: United States (US), European Patent Office (EP), Patent Cooperation Treaty (WO/PCT), Japan (JP), Germany (DE), France (FR), and United Kingdom (GB). Three of the Major Full Text authorities are not checked by default: China (CN), Korea (KR), and Canada (CA). Select any of the linked country codes for the Major Full Text authorities to view detailed coverage information for that authority. The screenshot below shows the authority options.
Next on the form are two more text search fields, one for searching assignees/applicants and one for searching inventors. Below these fields is a drop down menu for specifying the publication date of the documents to search. This menu offers some unique and potentially useful options, and the form will dynamically change depending on which option is selected. The screenshot below shows the drop down menu and the options available.
Below the Publication Date field are two fields for specifying IPC and US classification information. Following the classification fields, at the bottom of the search form are ‘Additional Fields’ for searching by ECLA class and/or the country of publication. If more of these additional fields are needed, the user can click the ‘More’ link and another ECLA/Publication Country field will be created.