Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known

The sentence above is a quote from a journalist, Sharon Begley, in an article interviewing the astronomer, Carl Sagan, and is often misattributed to him.  How does it apply to patent searching?  You’re the one with an idea for the incredible something, and you will want it known, but as I often see, just because

AusPat: The electrodes have been applied and the sparks are flying

IP Australia’s full text searching shocked from the beta phase to go live.   It may be a little unfair to compare AusPat to Frankenstein’s monster, but IP Australia has taken us from the days of PatAdmin with AU-A, B, C Patent Specifications attached, stitching on Patsearch, all held together with a bit of APPS,