Hague Express Structured Search Help
The Hague Express Database includes bibliographical data and, as far as international registrations governed exclusively or partly by the 1999 and/or by the 1960 Act(s) of the Hague Agreement are concerned, reproductions of industrial designs relating to international registrations that have been recorded in the International Register and published in the International Designs Bulletin as of issue No. 1/1999. The data presented on Hague Express are in accordance with the situation of the International Register of Industrial Designs as at . While every effort is made to ensure that this information accurately reflects the data recorded in the International Register, the only official publication remains the Bulletin and the only official statements by the International Bureau regarding the contents of the International Register for a given international registration remain the certified extracts from the Register established on request by the International Bureau.
Structured Search Functionality
The Structured Search page provides a simple interface to the database for fielded term searches only. There are 5 steps to using the structured search page:
Some things to note:
The Structured Search page allows you to search within the individual fields
found within the documents. The search page contains one text entry
box for each searchable field. Also, you can select any field you
want to search from the selection menu. This is useful to search for
more than one term in a particular field.
To narrow your search to hits occurring within a single field, just
enter the term into the appropriate box, or select the desired field
from the menu.
Using the structured search page, it is not necessary to surround your
term with quotation marks ("). The system will automatically
search for your terms occurring together as a phrase. If you wish to
specify more than one term in a particular field, you should use
multiple term entry boxes.
The Structured search page allows you to search for terms that occur near one another (currently, within 5 words).
ExampleIf you entered toy in the Indication of Products box, animal* in the next box, changed the associated field to Indication of Products, and selected NEAR from the next menu, you'd receive back a list of all documents which contain the words toy and animals in the Indication of Products field, and in close proximity (5 words) to one another. Contrast this with selecting 'and', where the two terms are not required to be in proximity to one another.
The Structured Search page supports right truncation in queries. This allows you to use a wildcard on the right side of a search term, to match words that start with a certain string.
ExampleIf you searched for elec*, you'd get many hits, as anything with words starting with 'elec' anywhere in their text would match. Words like electric, electronic and election would all match.
You can use the Structured search page to compose multiple term boolean queries with simple, easy-to-use tools. A boolean query is simply one where you specify that a specific relationship must exist between any two terms you provide. You can specify that either both must be true (the AND operator) at least one must be true (the OR operator), the first must be true and the second false (the ANDNOT operator), that at least one must be true, but not both (the XOR operator) or that the two terms must occur near (within 5 words of) each other (the NEAR operator). To apply an operator to a pair of terms, select the operator to the left of the second term in the pair. An example will help clarify.
If you entered "phillip morris" in the Holder box,
cigarette in the Indication of Products box and selected
AND from the menu to the left of Indication of Products, you'd receive
back a list of all documents which contain the phrase "phillip
morris" in the Holder field, and the word cigarette in
the Indication of Products field.
Date Range Searching
You can specify a range of dates you are interested in searching in, rather than having to specify a certain day or month to narrow your search. This feature is only available in date fields, such as Publication Date. This is done by using the -> operator between two dates.
Both dates in your query must be properly formatted for your search to work. Valid formats include:
Adjustable Display Format
The Display Options link at the bottom of the Structured Search page allows the user to select how the the results of a search should appear.
For users who create an account, a history is kept of the last 20
searches performed using the Hague database. Each history entry is
assigned a number, listed along with a brief summary in the History
frame, at the bottom of the page. History entries allow
the user to click on the number next to a search and bring the results of
that search up in the results window.
Detailed information about your results are available by clicking on
the 'Search Summary' link at the top of each search results page.
This will show how many times each of your terms occurred in how many
documents, and the intermediate results of applying all of your
specified boolean operators. Also, the total time required to conduct
the search is listed. This information should assist you in refining