Canadian Trademarks Database Tutorial
Lesson 3: Refining Searches
If you've searched for a term and the Database has returned hundreds of results, you will want to refine your search so that you can find the "needle in the haystack." In this section we will cover the following:
Using "Search field" options
You can search in specific fields by using the "Select a search field" drop-down menu.
Select the option by which you wish to search.
Use the fields for the following reasons:
- Trademark Lookup (Default)
- To search by all of the following fields: Trademark, trademark description, foreign character translation and index headings
- Application Number
- To search by the application number
- Registration Number
- To search by the registration number
- Current Owner Name
- To search by the current owner's name
- Old Owner Name
- To search by an old owner's name
- Old and Current Owner Name
- To search by all owners
- To search by words, numerals or letters in the trademark
- Trademark Description
- To search by a description of the trademark
- Foreign Character Translation/Transliteration
- To search trademarks containing foreign characters
- Index Heading
- To search by trademark word component
- To search by product(s) (goods) associated with a trademark
- To search by service(s) associated with a trademark
- Goods and Services
- To search by both product(s) (goods) and service(s)
- To search by a portion of a trademark that is disclaimed
- Vienna Codes
- To search by the design of a trademark according to its Vienna code number
- Vienna Codes Description
- To search by the description of a trademark's design elements
See the "Searchable Fields" section of the Database's Help file for detailed explanations of each search field option.
Searching with Multiple Criteria using Advanced Search
If you need to conduct a search that requires you to combine multiple search criteria, you need to use the Advanced Search feature of the Canadian Trademarks Database. You will notice that there are five possible search boxes on the Advanced search page. To refine a search, you can combine up to five different criteria when performing a single search.
An "operator" is used to tell the search engine how to combine the different criteria. There are three types of operators: "AND,” “OR,” and “BUT NOT."
Searches 2 to 5 have an option to select an "operator."
When entering multiple search criteria, select an operator based on the result you need:
- Both search criteria will be included (e.g., "red AND apple" will locate documents containing both these words)
- At least one of the search criteria will be included. (e.g., "red OR apple" will locate all documents containing at least one of these words)
- BUT NOT
- Excludes words or phrases (e.g., "red BUT NOT apple" will locate documents that contain the word "red" but will exclude all documents containing the word "apple")
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