How Do I Sort My Search Results?

It is often desirable to sort your search results by something other than the default search order. For example, it might be helpful to sort your search result by key value indicators including:

  1. Forward Citations
  2. Length of Claim One
  3. Family Size
  4. RVI (Relative Value Index)

Depending on the version of the software you have subscribed to, different columns will be available to you. 

Note:  We highly recommend that in your Preferences, you leave your default sort to Relevance>Descending.  By using the steps below, you can sort your search results while still leaving the Relevance sort as your default sort method.

Sorting Overview Video

NOTE: This is a video based on an older version of AcclaimIP.  The layout is going to look a little different to you, but the ideas are still the same.  Therefore, we are leaving it here for the time being as it gives you a really good sense of what you can do and how you can customize your search and AcclaimIP in general to suit your needs.  Just be aware that the layout presented in the video and your layout is going to be a bit different.

Sorting by Clicking the Column Header

Sorting by Clicking the Column Header

Clicking the column header "Document Number" automatically sorts the results list in descending order (here we would get the patents in alphabetical order from Z to A).  If I clicked the column header a second time, it would sort the list in ascending order (alphabetical from A to Z).  Clicking the column header will always sort, but it may sort alphabetically, or by date, etc.  How it sorts is dependent upon the data that the column holds.

The Column Header Menu

Sorting by Using the Column Header Menu

Hovering your mouse over any column header brings up a brief explanation of the header (that disappears after approximately 5 seconds), and a down arrow on the right side of the box.  When you click on the down arrow, a context-sensitive menu appears.  You have the Sort Ascending, Sort Descending, and Columns options.  In the image above you see the documents are sorted with those receiving the most forward citations on top.


The Learn More Option

When you hover your mouse over any column header, at the bottom of the brief explanation that appears is a Learn More link (1).  Clicking on this link brings up the Column Definitions tab in the Help window.  This tab includes, for example, a definition of the column header and advance syntax examples to help you query the column field code.


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