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Number searches

If you have found a number (for example in an article or magazine) but you do not know what it represents (application, publication, priority or NPL reference number, for example) or which country it comes from, you can use the Smart search option to find the relevant document. You do not need to know the exact format of the number – fuzzy logic takes care of that – and you can enter it with or without a country code.


Depending on availability, the result of your search may contain bibliographic data , a description , claims , mosaics , the original document (in facsimile mode), the INPADOC legal status and the INPADOC patent family .


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