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  • Updated on: Apr 01, 2014

    Adding & Removing Filters & Facets

    In AcclaimIP you can add and remove filters from the Refine Panel, and show by default only those filters that you use regularly.

    Filters can be added on the fly without having to reload your search results, so it is a good idea to load only the ones you use the most often to minimize the number of filters you see on the screen and minimize scrolling.

  • At the document level you can view and/or modify custom data from the Document Details window.  Custom fields appear to the right in an accordion-style panel labeled "Custom Fields."

  • Just like other data fields, custom fields can be faceted filters.  Remember, a filter lets you refine your search by some data element; the facets are the actual counts within a filter.

    In this example, I created a rating system and tagged about 5000 of Google's patents with rankings.  These data were randomly generated for demonstration purposes and do not represent real opinions on the patents displayed.

    One of the ultimate goals of most patenting organizations is to build a ever-growing knowledgebase that tells users which patents are major inventions, which are incremental improvements and even which are no good at all and slated for abandonment.  The example here uses a simple 4 dimensional rating system including the following criteria.

    • Current Use – Is the invention being used in products today?
    • Detectability – Can use be economically proven in infringing devices?
    • Alternatives – Are there other methods to achieve the same result as the patented invention?
    • Prior Art Risk – What is the likelihood the patent could stand up to extensive prior art search?

    Editorial Opinion:

    This simple system is a good start for your own rating system.  While this is a fairly simple one, simple is often better.  I advise IP managers to develop the simplest possible rating system that will meet your needs.  Overly complex rating systems, while well intentioned and better in theory, virtually always fail due to their complexity.

  • Updated on: Mar 26, 2014

    Finding Empty Custom Data Fields

    You may be familiar with the FIELD field code to find empty data fields in any normal AcclaimIP patent data field.  The FIELD field code also works for custom fields.

    For example, let's say you define a custom field to categorize patents, and you name it "Technology" and give it a field code _TAX.TECH.  Remember all custom field codes begin with a leading underscore character to prevent user-defined field codes from colliding with AcclaimIP's standard field codes.

    FIELD:isEmpty_TAX.TECH  -->  Finds all patents where the _TAX.TECH custom field contains no data.

    You'll find that you'll use this query quite often when you want to track the progress of some workflow you designed for you and your group.  

    For example, let's say you want to rate and rank your entire portfolio along several dimensions.  You might create custom fields for your rating system, then query the fields for the empty state (or NotEmpty state) to see how many patents are left to rate.

    The inverse is also true:

    FIELD:isNotEmpty_TAX.TECH  -->  Finds all patents with data in the _TAX.TECH custom data field.

  • Updated on: Mar 26, 2014

    Searching Custom Fields

    If you have been given rights to view a custom field data, you can also search it.  Search custom data fields using field codes or filters and facets.  When your administrator creates the custom field, he or she will have also created a field code for the data.  The custom field code will look something like this:


    Custom fields codes all begin with a leading underscore character.

    To organize custom fields into logical groups, your administrator may place them into virtual folders.  For example a folder called "Ratings" may be created to contain all the rating data on your patents.  In this case, the custom field is preceded by the folder name and a period.  For example:


    For this reason, Custom Field Admins are encouraged to keep their folder names and field code names as short as possible.

  • Updated on: Mar 26, 2014

    About Custom Data Fields

    AcclaimIP can store custom data in fields called "Custom Data Fields."  One or more person at your company or organization has rights to create, modify and delete custom fields, but normal users will have either the ability to read them, read and write to them, or not view them at all.  Your administrator will assign access privileges to custom fields.

    Custom Data Fields store all normal data types including.

    • Integer Fields: numbers such as ratings that can be restricted to certain allowable ranges, 1 to 5 for example)
    • Decimal Fields:  Like integer fields but can store decimal numbers such as 4.7
    • Boolean Fields:  Boolean fields hold values True or False only.  The are used for tagging patents with simple yes or no answers such as "Claim Charts Available:T"
    • String Fields:  String fields hold text such as comments, descriptions or URLs.
    • Multi-Select Combo Fields:  Multi-Select fields let you choose one or more values pre-defined by your administrator, such as those used in a corporate taxonomy.
    • Tag Fields: Tag fields enable users to tag patents with free-form labels and tags.
    • Date Fields:  Date fields only accept date values and ensure that dates are entered in the correct format.  Date Fields are commonly used for a CPA Expiration Date if you use CPA as your annuities vendor.
  • Updated on: Mar 26, 2014

    Importing Custom Data into AcclaimIP

    Data may be imported into AcclaimIP's custom fields in bulk.  For example, you may wish to export some data from your IAM software platform and enter it into AcclaimIP for your searchers to leverage.  

    The most common data imported into AcclaimIP include:

    1. Rating Systems:  Is the patent any good?
    2. Taxonomies:  Where does the patent apply?
    3. Legal Data:  Internal Document Numbers, Litigation Status, Abandonment Dates

    Integrating your internal data into AcclaimIP is a great way to leverage past work with your IP team.

    Administrators can import data to all custom fields in a single import attempt.  However, when you are learning the process, we recommend you start with a single field before you tackle importing 25 fields or more at one time.


    The data used in these examples are entirely made up for demonstration purposes and do not represent any entity's custom data.

  • Real patent value comes from value metrics that can only be accurately determined by experts in the field who take the time to read the patents, review the claims, and make judgements to the patent's value.  There are lots of systems for rating patents of varying complexity, but the most basic one, is perhaps the most useful and easiest to implement.  It covers four specific dimensions:

    1. Current Use: Is the patented technology used by current products in high dollar markets?
    2. Alternatives: Are there alternatives that are just a useful and cost about the same (or less) to implement in an infringing device.
    3. Detectability:  How difficult is it to show the patented technology's use in an infringing device?
    4. Prior Art Risk:  Is there known prior art, or on the other extreme, has the patent's validity been tested in court.

    AcclaimIP users use the custom fields feature to build rating systems, design workflows and rate their own patents along these dimensions.  A rating system, along with a home-grown taxonomy, makes you well-prepared to respond to any offensive or defensive opportunity you are presented with.