Tuesday, 28 February 2012
It used to be searchable, either with a simple search or (via the site search) using Boolean searches (AND, OR etc). The Boolean possibility disappeared some years ago, alas. I noticed problems with the simple Bulletin search back in November 2011 and asked OHIM about them. I have just had the reply: "as of the 2nd of February the functionality of searching within the RCD-Bulletin is not available anymore". The search interface has accordingly disappeared.
You would hope this would not be a problem, because in its place OHIM advertise "New powerful solution for searching all OHIM resources: eSearch Plus". However, so far as I can see, eSearch certainly does not search "all OHIM resources" - specifically, it does not search the Bulletin.
It does search the RCD-Online database. However, that database appears only to capture the current state of the Register of Community Designs. If a design has been transferred after registration, for instance, a search by original proprietor will miss it, whereas searching the Bulletin would have found it. I have tested this. So some functionality has definitely been lost.
I believe there are also problems with RCD-Online and the eSearch plus facility (which is only in beta at present). I have asked OHIM for answers and will report the outcome in future postings.