The most exciting reference enquiry of the week!

The most exciting reference enquiry of the week!
Q: Is the exercise machine "ab circle pro" patented in Australia?
30 June 2010

Another example of a reference enquiry received via the Library’s Ask a librarian service – perhaps not the most riveting influx of enquiries this week! Q: Is the exercise machine "ab circle pro" patented in Australia? A: You can search the Australian Patent database, AusPat, as well as trademark and design databases, freely from the Online Service section of IP Australia's website. You will see numerous listings for abdominal exercise equipment (just type the word "abdominal" into the search box), but I cannot advise you whether any of these are specifically for the Ab Circle Pro. As it ships from the US, it may be that any patents are lodged only there. Certainly one of the advertising claims is that the "friction free track" is patented. You may want to talk to IP Australia for further assistance in tracking patent information.