The drop down box to the right of the "Topics" title, lists all the Decision Topics and the related codes. You may type the code in the topic box or select one or more topics from the drop down menu and click the "Add" button. When more than one topic is selected an "or" will be automatically added between the selected topics. Repeat until the search string is completed (i.e. A11 or A74) then click the "Search" button.
Enter specific words to be searched using the "Search Text" box and click on the "Search" button. The text of the Decisions and any notes (containing information on the Appeal Status of some Decisions) will be searched.
Here are a few examples of searches and some related comments. These examples show how the Decisions of the Commissioner of Patents search language can be used.
Select the language of search using the "Radio Buttons" below the "Search Text" box. The search can be made in the English text, the French text or both.
If you know the Decision number enter it in the box. Do not use commas.
If you know the application number enter it in the box. Do not use commas.
If you know the patent number enter it in the box. Do not use commas.
Select the classification or a portion of the classification under which you expect to find related Decisions. Patent documents filed prior to October 1, 1989, are classified according to the Canadian Patent Classification (CPC) system. Patent documents filed on or after October 1, 1989, are classified according to the International Patent Classification (IPC) system. The present version of the IPC (IPC-2006 or IPC version 8) is in force since January 1, 2006. The two latest versions (7 and 8) can be consulted on the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Web site.
Search for a specific date or a range using the date boxes, based on the date the Decision of the Commissioner of Patents was rendered. Select the date fields using the drop down boxes. Date searching is inactive when the drop down boxes are blank. Date search criteria are always "ANDed" to your text search criteria. Date searches should always be used in conjunction with a text search to avoid long search times.
Search for Decisions of the Commissioner of Patents that have been rendered
This search will find Decisions of the Commissioner of Patents that were rendered on or after December 3, 1989 and on or before December 3, 2000 and which also match any other text search criteria that you have entered.
The box named "Results/page:" defines the number of results per result page. By default, the maximum Results per list is 10 documents. This number can be adjusted with the pull down box.
The results are ranked based on the hit count. Hit count refers to the number of times individual query words or search criteria appear in the selected field(s).
The search engine can display up to 1000 Decisions of the Commissioner of Patents per search. When the results exceed the maximum, a note appears on the hit lists to recommend you to adjust your search criteria. For example, you can restrict your search criteria using the date range.