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Keyword Input

Keyword box

 

 

 

  • Searches can be performed utilizing keywords, multiple keywords, phrases, and combinations of each. Search results are weighted based on keyword relevance first and then ordered by most recent date.
  • Single keyword = dog - Search results will include IPR records with the keyword dog in the document.
  • Multiple keywords = dog house - Search results will include IPR records with both the keywords dog and house in the document.

  • Phrase = "dog house" enclosed in double quotes. - Search results will include IPR records with the exact phrase "dog house" in the IPR record.

  • Search by recordation number - Click on the Recordation Number button in the search bar and enter the Keyword COP 77-00039. Click the GO button to retrieve the IPR record that references COP 77-00039.

  • Search by Agency Registration Number - Click on the Agency Registration Number button in the search bar and enter the Keyword GU 62814. Click the GO button to retrieve the IPR record that references GU 62814.

  • Commas (,) are recognized by the search engine and do appear in numerical strings. Otherwise, punctuation marks such as the period (.), colon (:), and semicolon (;) are ignored by the search engine.

Boolean Operators and Wildcards

  • Boolean operators are tools used to narrow your search results. They include AND, OR, and the wildcard operator ( * ).
  • AND connecting two or more keywords or phrases will only match IPR records containing all keywords or phrases. AND is the default operator when two or more keywords or phrases are entered without an operator.

- dog AND "chew toy" is the equivalent of dog "chew toy".

- dog AND house is the equivalent of dog house.

  • OR connecting two or more keywords or phrases, will match IPR records containing any of the keywords or phrases.

- dog OR "chew toy" returns IPR records containing the keyword dog or the phrase "chew toy".

  • A string of letters or digits followed by the wildcard (*) will match all IPR records that contain keywords starting with the same pattern. This search type is especially useful when you don't know the spelling of a particular keyword, or when you want to include all variants of a keyword in your search.

    - comput* returns IPR records containing the words computer, computing, computation, etc...

  • Multiple operators can be used in a single search to create very specific result sets.

    - dog OR house AND wood matches IPR records containing both the keywords house and wood, as well as IPR records containing the keyword dog.

Correct Syntax

  • Two operators are not allowed next to each other.

  • No operator is allowed to start or end a query except the wildcard (*).

  • IPRS is not case sensitive and views mike, MIKE, and Mike as equivalents when searching.

  • Keywords can be any string of more than one letter and/or digits; but, cannot include non-alphanumeric characters such as: `~ ! @ # $ % ^ & and white space (spacebar or tabs).