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NOTE: Trademarks that were inactive prior to 2005 are ONLY be searchable by: 

  • Applicant Name
  • Design Category
  • Design Type 
  • Goods & Services Class Code 
  • Initial Filing Date 

Keyword Search

A primary query mode that accepts queries constructed with Boolean logic. The default operator between query terms is AND; thus a query for term1 term2 is logically equivalent to a query for term1 AND term2.

    The stemmed version of the query terms are used to compare against stemmed terms in the index.  For example, the query term territorial could        be stemmed to the base term of territor and the query term legislature could be stemmed to the base term of legislat.  As a result, a search for            territorial legislature could match results with terms such as territory legislative.

    No semantic term expansion occurs in this type of search. For example, a search for the term intelligent would not match the indexed term                smart. 

    Concept Search 

    A primary query mode that accepts plain English queries without operators.  Semantic expansion is automatically performed on all query words.http://10.1.2.69/awweb/img/point.gifhttp://10.1.2.69/awweb/img/point.gif     For example, a search for the term intelligent would find documents containing the term smart.

    

    Pattern Search

    A primary query type that processes plain English queries, but tolerates spelling differences in either the body of the text or the queries.  Pattern     expansion is automatically performed on all query words to the level specified in the “Pattern Search, Similarity Setting” preference.http://10.1.2.69/awweb/img/point.gifhttp://10.1.2.69/awweb/img/point.gif

    

    Exact Search

    A primary query type used to find exact matches for all query terms.  The query terms are not stemmed or expanded in any way.  Queries using        Boolean logic are accepted. The default operator between query terms is AND; thus a query for term1 term2 is logically equivalent to a query for     term1 AND term2. 

    In the Exact search mode, a search for territorial will match only the word territorial.  Thus, a search for territorial legislature would find                  documents containing those two exact terms. However, some of the results may also contain stemmed versions of these terms, but they would not    be considered a matched term, and would not be highlighted as such.  To find all documents that contain the exact terms territorial legislature but    do not also contain the exact terms territory legislative, use Exact search for territorial legislature -territory -legislative.  Note: the order of the           query terms does not matter in these examples.


Wildcard Search

    For searches using wildcard characters, use the “Exact” search mode.

    For the most relevant results, if you are looking for a “hit” within a field, search within the field, not within the “Search For” box.

A query that substitutes part of a word, name, or number with a wildcard character (*, ?, [search expression], _, @, #, \, ^ ) to substitute for unknowns in the search terms or database, or to search for multiple terms; wildcards can be used in Concept or Boolean mode (not Pattern), in full text search or field entries, in multiple words, and even multiple times in one word.

Wildcards

Description

Example

*

match anything or nothing

comput*

?

match exactly one character

wom?n

^

match any character except the next character

/199[^7]/

[ ]

search expression; can include a hyphen to indicate a range of letters or numbers; will match only one character within the brackets

/199[1-5]/

< >

search expression; The "less than" symbol (<) is used to express a lower value.

Less than 2 months <[m]2; Less than 20 days <[d]20

[* TO *]

search expression; Range query.

[100 TO 200] , [100 TO *] 
[NOW TO *] , [2013-11-04T10:05:00Z TO NOW-1DAY]
[ape TO apple]