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Searching with English and French Criteria

From: Canadian Intellectual Property Office

Searching with English and French Criteria

If you are conducting a basic search and are familiar with only one of our official languages (English or French), you can include equivalent terms in the other official language so that you can broaden your search. The bilingual search feature allows you to choose current equivalent terms in either English or French from subject categories provided by the Government of Canada's TERMIUM Plus®, linguistic data bank.

Example – your search criterion is "milk" and you want to include the French equivalent but you do not know what it is.

Important notice:

  1. When you want to use the bilingual search feature, you should enter a limited number of search criteria and only in one language, English or French. Entering too many criteria may increase the search time and the resulting list of equivalent language terms may also be very lengthy.
  2. The bilingual search feature is geared toward simple searches and will not work with Boolean or other advanced query operators.
  3. The bilingual search feature will be useful only with the following two "Select a search field" options: (1) Description and (2) Finished Article.
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