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  • Updated on: Jul 06, 2017


    Document clustering is a technique for organizing text documents into clearly labeled thematic folders without the need for an external knowledge base such as a categorization or classification system.

    Some of the benefits of document clustering include:

    • Quick overview of a document set summarizing import subjects, concepts and themes.
    • Fast navigation to relevant documents in your search results.
    • Query refinement:  Many of the themes discovered by clustering will become keywords in your regular searches.

    AcclaimIP clusters up to 1000 documents at a time.  While you can cluster any set, you'll get more useful results if you first narrow down your search results using classification and keyword queries so that the patents broadly cover the same topic.

  • The QueryFlow tool differs from the Keyword Analyzer in several ways:

    • QueryFlow uses a powerful algorithm called TF/IDF (Term Frequency/Inverse Document Frequency) to find "important" terms in the source document.
    • QueryFlow defaults to a Boolean OR operator compared to the Boolean AND in the Keyword Tool.
    • Terms are weighted using Query Flow.

    An "important" term is defined as a term that appears in the patent with a high frequency but does not appear very often in the entire patent corpus.  As a result, TF/IDF doesn't need stop terms.  Terms like the, and, but, with etc appear so often in the corpus that they are never identified as "important" terms.  Even "patentese" terms such as method, apparatus, system appear so frequently in patent data that the algorithm never deems them "important."

    Because of the weighting, and the nature of the Boolean OR operator, QueryFlow does a much better job of creating inclusive lists.  But the list can be very large.  The most relevant patents will be displayed at the top of the search result list.

    Term weighting boosts a term's relevance in the search results and increases the overall precision of your query.  Patents with higher weighted terms appear higher in the search results.  Weighting terms does NOT impact the recall, which means the same number of documents will be returned by the search engine no matter what weighting you use.  But the order in which they appear will be affected.

  • Updated on: Jul 06, 2017

    Advanced Keyword Searching

    When searching for patents, it is important to pick the best keywords that will select for the patents you want to find.  The terms found in these patents may not be obvious, so you'll have to go through an iterative process to identify key terms found in patents you want to isolate.  For these reasons, AcclaimIP includes several powerful tools to help you analyze patent keywords which are discussed later in this chapter.

    What do patents read on?

    You'll find that the vast majority of patents don't read on devices or products such as endoscopes, mobile phones, laser printers or light bulbs per se.  In general, patents also don't even read on components of devices such as touch screens, microprocessors, cameras and fusers, but rather they tend to read on features of components of devices.  This distinction is important because you will likely get better more targeted results if you focus on a single feature at a time.

    A good search strategy will focus keywords at the feature level or possibly the component level, and not on the device level.  AcclaimIP provides a multi-tier matrix query feature which will help you roll-up your feature and component level queries to the device or even product class level.


  • Updated on: Jul 06, 2017

    Quick View of Available Preferences

    In this short article we list the settable options in AcclaimIP. The Preferences window contains a row of tabs where you to set preferences for different part of the application.

    Searching Tab:

    1. Collections: Choose which data sets you want to search by default.
    2. Date Range: Pick the range and date type to search by default. The most common is Last 20 Years and File Date.
    3. Word Stemming: Choose whether or not you want AcclaimIP to include stemmed results. For example if you searched on "Computer" then stemming on would return documents containing "compute," "computing," "computed," etc.

    Look & Feel Tab:

    1. Set Background Color: You can change the color of the blue (by default) desktop by choosing another color from the color picker. If you have a very precise color in mind, you can type in the hexidecimal value for that color (e.g. #2d683a)
    2. Upload Background Image: If you want your own custom wallpaper on the AcclaimIP desktop. Click the Browse Image Library button, then upload your image to the library. Once uploaded, check the "Use Background Image" box.
    3. Themes: There are two color themes to the AcclaimIP application. The default is the light blue. There is also a gray version and an accessibility option for those with low vision.
    4. Printed Reports: In future versions of AcclaimIP, you'll be able to output custom reports with your color scheme, logo and footer text. For now these features are not available.

    Result Grids Tab:

    1. Default Columns: Select which columns you want to appear in your search result by default. You can always add any column on the fly.
    2. Sort Order: For optimal results, we recommend Relevance/Descending as the default sort order. But for certain types of searches you may wish to change the default sort order.
    3. Width and Height: Change default size of the Search Result Window by setting the width in pixels.
    4. Results per Page: Set the number of results you want to see before you have to paginate to see the next set of results.
    5. Auto-Saved Searches: Choose how many recent searches you want AcclaimIP to remember by default.
    6. Clear Searches: Tell AcclaimIP if you want to clear all your searches when you log out.
    7. Set Refinement Panel: The refinement panel contains the default filters on the left side of the Search Result window. Choose whether you want it to open by default. We recommend you set it to Open unless you are using a very small screen.
    8. Keyword Highlighting: Tell AcclaimIP if you want keywords in your searches to be highlighted by default. You can turn on/off highlighting on the fly. Note too: You set Keyword highlighting separately for the Document Details window.

    Doc Details Tab:

    1. Width and Height: Set the default size of the Document Details window in pixels.
    2. No. Recently Viewed: AcclaimIP will remember the last documents you reviewed so you can recall them later if you did not yet save to a Research Folder.
    3. Clear Recently Viewed on Logout: Tell AcclaimIP if you want it to forget what you viewed recently when you logout of the system. This is useful in shared environments such as our library customers.
    4. Open on One Hit: If a search result contains only one result, you have the option to have the software automatically open the Document Details window for that document.
    5. Image Panel: The Image Panel is to the right of the Document Details Window and contains the figures. It is in an accordion style window. Tell AcclaimIP if you want it open or closed by default. We recommend it is opened unless you are using a very small monitor.

    System Tab:

    1. Idle Time Before Logout: Tell AcclaimIP how long to wait before it automatically logs you out.
    2. Cascade Windows: This option automatically opens new windows with a slight offset so you can see the windows behind it. Try experimenting with the option and see which you prefer.


  • Updated on: Jul 06, 2017

    Setting User Preferences

    You can set your user Preferences so the application's default behavior is customized to suit your needs. For example, you can customize the following:

    1. Which data columns appear in your default search results.
    2. Default date ranges searched.
    3. Which collections are searched by default.
    4. Default sort (we recommend Relevancy unless there is specific reason to sort on another column).
    5. Overall look and feel of AcclaimIP including colors, window sizes, and wallpaper.
    6. Idle time before AcclaimIP automatically logs you out.
  • Updated on: Jul 06, 2017

    Image Viewer

    Sometimes you may want to view patents by their images only. It is particularly useful if you have to page through 1000's of design patents looking for a particular design.

    AcclaimIP has a special view mode called "Image Viewer"

  • Updated on: Jul 05, 2017

    Adding Columns on the Fly

    AcclaimIP has up to 40 columns of data which you can expose in your search results. Depending on the type of search you are doing, you will want to show different column sets by default. You set your defaults in your Preferences.

    However, very often, you may want to add a new column on the fly without having to update your Preferences and redo your search. This is really easy to do in AcclaimIP.

  • Updated on: Jul 05, 2017

    Finding Transacted Patents

    It is important to monitor the patent transaction landscape, and identify companies actively acquiring or divesting from particular patents.

    AcclaimIP includes a filter/facet that identifies patents that have transacted.  If the current and the original assignee do NOT match, AcclaimIP marks the patent as Transacted.  That is, they are different, and therefore likely transacted.

  • Updated on: Jul 05, 2017

    Searching the Patent Assignee Field

    This is one of the more complex "fields" in patent searching.  AcclaimIP uses a total of nine (9) assignee name fields to keep everything straight and also give you the power you need to efficiently search assignee names.  This article is designed to give you a quick start.  More details on Assignee Name searching can be found in our Advanced Syntax section.

  • Updated on: Jul 05, 2017

    Classification Searching with Keywords

    The best searches will use both classification searches AND keyword searches together.  Let's examine how you might approach a patent search.  

    Our Invention:

    Let's say we want to find patents related to location-based monitoring and messaging.  The invention in question uses the cellular network, or other network like GPS, to find your location and compare it to a map, as well as a set of your personal preferences located on some server.  The method then notifies you of sales and promotions within a 5 minute walk or drive from your current location.  The invention has to know if you are walking or driving based on average speeds you are moving.  A five minute drive could translate into an hour walk, and who wants to walk an hour to save 25 cents on a Starbucks coffee (OK, you're never more than a 5 minute walk from a Starbucks.  Bad example.)  So that is the basic invention.