Number Search

The Number Search allows searching for one to several hundred numbers at a time, either publications, application or priority numbers. For publication numbers, the detect and display patent numbers format option simplifies the entry of numbers.

Using the number search assistant, similarity search based on classifications (CPC, IPC, PCL), concepts and citations as well as an extended family search option are available.

The FamPat collection is the default.  You can elect to search in the Fullpat or Fulltext collections.  Collection lists may be displayed as an option in your User Settings. 

The results list appears automatically after running the search.

Please note that the left menu is retractable by a click on the button.

The question marks will allow you to open up help menus to make it easier to use the assistant. 

The Coverage Details link takes you to Questel’s corporate site where you can view the latest update information for Fullpat, FamPat, and the Fulltext collections.

The Guide & Tutorial link will open a new page or tab with links to online tutorials and Orbit-related user guides.

 The FamPat fact sheet is also available for download and includes all the indices for the FamPat Collection.


At the top of the page, you have an input field for a quick search symbolized by a magnifying glass. You can directly enter a keyword or a name: the search will be performed in text fields + applicant + inventor. The hyphens are automatically replaced by the joint operator. A list of words in English and French was edited so that certain words are automatically deleted (e.g. the, a, to, is, in, with, by, an, for, of, be, on, are, which, from, as, at, that, has, when, where ...).  If a field is specified, the search will be conducted specifically on that field. You can use truncation and operators.

If you enter a number, the nature of it will be recognized and research will be done on the number search fields of publication, application or priority, unless you specify a different field.

If you enter a part of a classification code, it will be searched in the IPC and CPC classification fields.

Clicking on the arrow at the end of the line will display your search history in a dropdown menu. By clicking on the number of results, you will display the list of results.

The arrows at the bottom of the page allow you to navigate from page to page. The double arrow to refresh the contents of the history.