Charting in AcclaimIP
As you have seen, charting can be very useful and very powerful. AcclaimIP allows you to chart your data in a variety of different ways, depending on your needs at the time. Additionally, you can modify your charts on the fly without having to go back to the search data. Once you have created the charts and modified them to your liking, you can save them or print them for use.
Charting Your Search Results
Assume that you created a search where you searched for similar patents related to "power management" or "power saving" on a mobile device, with the patents restricted to the years 2014 through 2017. When you finished that, you decided you want to chart the results by the current assignees.
In order to chart the results of your search, choose Chart>Chart by Assignee>By Assignee (Current) (1). Clicking on By Assignee (Current) then brings up the chart below, which you can customize if you desire.
Modifying and Customizing Charts
Charting by Assignee automatically brings up a bar chart. However, by clicking on Chart Type (1) under the General menu there are more types of charts available to you. Let's leave it as a bar chart for the moment. You can also modify a variety of other fields and labels, such as changing the Assignee type from Current Assignee to Original Assignees, changing the labels on the x and y axis, changing the title of the chart (currently "Top Patent Assignees"), and changing the range of companies you want to add to the x-axis.
A chart with just one data Series can be very useful, but you can also add one or more Series so that you can compare data in the charts. Under the Multi-Series menu panel, you can add one or more series, and edit the original series search, just by clicking on the pencil icon. Clicking on this icon creates a new series and automatically copies the original search into the search box. In this example, I decided I wanted to see which patents had Hewlett Packard (HP) as the original assignee, and then compare that to the company results I had already charted. After clicking Update Chart, you can see that Hewlett Packard was the original assignee only for patents that are currently assigned to Qualcomm and Hewlett Packard itself.
Note: You can also change the names of the series to something you prefer, as opposed to using Series 1, Series 2, Series 3, etc. Simple click into those particular fields that you want to change in the Refine Search panel, and change the labels to what suits you. You can use the Labels tab to change the chart name, etc.
Printing and Saving Charts
In order to print or download your chart, once you have it the way that you want it, click on the three bars icon on the top right of the chart window. This menu will give you the option to download the chart in various formats, or to print the chart directly. Note that the various download methods may not present the data in the same way it is presented on your screen (or in the image above). For instance, downloading in XLS format will pull the data out and place it into a spreadsheet format. You will see the data, itself, as opposed to the colorful chart.