Welcome to the new version of the Patents Manual. Please note there are changes to the numbering and sequence of the chapters and pages in the manual. You are encouraged to take the time to explore and familiarise yourself with this new structure.

Volume 4 Searching

Date Published

Table of Contents

4.1 Search Theory

4.2 Patent Classifications

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​4.3 Initial Search Considerations

4.4 Development of the Search Strategy​​​​​​​

4.5 Conducting the Search

4.6 Recording the Search Details

4.7 Annexures

4.8 User Guides

Unless otherwise noted, this section relates to searching practice in general which is applicable to both international and national searching.

See also 6.1.1 International Searching, 3.3.1 Use of FERs (earlier search and examination reports) and Third Party Notifications.

Searching Framework

Volume 4 is intended to provide a framework for searching in general. The following sections may be used as a guide to the search process and may either be followed in order or referred to as issues arise.

Amended Reasons

Amended Reason Date Amended
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