Article 6ter Structured Search Help
The Article 6ter Express database includes all communications made so far under Article 6ter of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property (Paris Convention) by States and international intergovernmental organizations. It is updated as soon as a new request for communication is sent to the States party to the Paris Convention and to the Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO). While every effort is made to ensure that this information accurately reflects the data sent to the parties mentioned above, the only official information for a given communication remains the circular by which the International Bureau has communicated the emblems and hallmarks of a State or the names, abbreviations and emblems of an international intergovernmental organization.
Structured Search Functionality
The Structured Search page allows you to search using simple structured search. 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).
If you entered toy in the Article Designation box,
animal* in the next box, changed the associated field to
Article Designation, 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 Article Designation 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
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.
If 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 owner name box,
cigarette in the Article designation box and selected
AND from the menu to the left of Article Designation, you'd receive
back a list of all documents which contain the phrase "phillip
morris" in the owner name field, and the word cigarette in
the article designation field.
Adjustable Display Format
The Display Options link at the bottom of the Strcutured 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.
Four buttons below your list of history entries will allow you to update and maintain your historical list:
Note: Marking an entry Save or Update that already has that mark will remove the mark.
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