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Canadian Industrial Designs Database: Assistance

From: Canadian Intellectual Property Office

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Basic search option

The Basic Search page is the default search page.

Basic search

Enter the search criteria and select a search field from the drop-down menu. You can also choose to use bilingual search.

Status search option

Use this option to find the status of a specific industrial design National application/registration number.

Enter the National application/registration number in the box and click on "Search."

For definition of status terms, see Description of Searchable and Other Information Fields.

Advanced search

Additional search options (Boolean search)

You may use up to three search query boxes using Boolean operators (and, or, but not). These operators can be used to combine several search criteria in order to further refine a search and obtain more specific or relevant results.

For example, you could look for "bottle" in the Description field or "bottle" in the Classification Text field. Another example would be to look for "Proctor & Gamble" in the Proprietor field but not "bottle" in the Description field.

Classification codes

Classification codes are assigned based on the particular type of article to which the design is applied. To search with classification, type the codes directly in the search boxes and select "Classification code" from the search field drop-down menu or type words from the classification text and select "Classification text."

Alternatively, click on the "Classification" button and select the type of article described in the Classification page. Classifications are grouped by class and sub-class.

Navigate through the classification list by clicking on the expand icon (+), and sub-classes will appear. Select the entire class or a specific sub-class by clicking the check box beside the title definition.

For a description of a class, click on the Description icon. The description appears in a new window (unless Javascript is disabled). The "Text version" link also displays the description.

Use the "Refine" button to search for classifications containing specific articles in the title definition or in the description. Note: This search function is accent sensitive.

You can select as many classes or sub-classes as needed. The search engine will attach the operator "or" between each selection.

The "Reset" button will reset the Classification page. Once classifications are selected, click "Search" to start the search engine. To add more search criteria, click "Back to search."

If you have difficulty navigating in the Classification page, choose the "Text version" view. The entire classification list is displayed but you will not be able to select any classifications. Terms or codes can be added to the search boxes on the Design search page.


You can search the status of an Industrial Design by selecting it from the search field drop-down menu. Status information of application/registration includes the following fields:

Registration date

This option restricts the search to a specific range of registration dates. By default, all dates are searched.

Made available on

This option restricts the search to a specific range of dates on which a registered design was made available. By default, all dates are searched.

Display options

Number of documents returned

You can modify the number of hits or results displayed on the result screen. The results are ranked based on the number of times individual query words appear in the selected field(s). A hit count equal to the maximum number selected means other relevant documents may not be displayed. To obtain all relevant documents, be more specific in your search criteria. By default, the maximum number of documents is selected.

Number of documents per page

This option lets you define the maximum number of documents displayed per page of the result list. The default number has been set to the maximum number of documents per page.

Upper/lower case letters, special characters, and accents

The search engine is case- and accent-insensitive. For example, a search for the word "ete" would find the words "Été," "été," or "ETE."

The search engine is programmed to ignore punctuation except for the following: &, @, $, %, ^, <, +, #, | and ~. Punctuation is replaced by a space. For example, a search for the word "on-line" would find the words "on line," "on-line," and "On Line." A search for " R.I.P." would find the words " R.I.P." "R I P " or "Q.R.I.P.L.E."

Truncation and wildcard characters

Truncation and wildcard characters add flexibility to your searches. The search engine is designed to recognize the asterisk (*) and the question mark (?) as wildcard indicators. You can use these special characters to broaden your searches using either the multiple or single character wildcard.

Wildcards are useful for searching truncation and word stems (e.g., pharm* to retrieve pharmacy, Pharmaceuticals, etc.) or variant spellings (e.g., organi?ation to retrieve organization or organisation).

Execute search

Select the "Search" button to execute the search. Select the "Reset" button to return to the default settings and enter new search criteria.

Search results

Results are displayed in a new window and can be printed by selecting the "Print" button from the browser. Click on the image to view the detailed design images. Click on the link to view the detailed information of the design.

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