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  • 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.

  • Updated on: Jun 29, 2017

    Keyword Analyzer

    The Keyword Analyzer tool counts the term frequency of specific terms found in a single patent. It is found in the "Keywords" tab on the document details window. Depending on how wide you set your DD window, you may have to scroll to the right a bit to expose the Keywords tab.

    The Keyword Analyzer uses a straight term and string count method. It breaks up the terms counted in the document into two sets, the Claims Only and the Full Text.

    The Keyword Analyzer uses stop-terms to remove common words like articles and prepositions, as well as common "patentese" terms like method, apparatus, claim, invention etc.

    The Keyword Analyzer has a tool for creating new queries from the terms found in the patent of interest.

  • Updated on: Jun 29, 2017

    Keyword Analysis Tools

    AcclaimIP offers four tools for analyzing keywords in patents.

    1. Keyword Counter --> Counts the frequency of occurrence of terms and strings in a single patent and provides tools to construct queries.
    2. QueryFlow TermExtract --> Ranks the "importance" of terms using a TF/IDF algorithm and helps construct weighted queries.
    3. QueryFlow TermExtract for Multiple Patents --> Counts important terms from a set of up to 10 different patents, counts intersections, and constructs weighted queries.
    4. Document Clustering --> Document clustering bundles patents into multi-tier themes from a set of up to 1000 patents.
  • Updated on: Jun 29, 2017

    Keyword Searching Basics

    In this article, we'll review some of the basic ideas behind keyword searching.  

    Patent documents are full of words.  Patents themselves can be relatively short, such as a two page design patent, while other patents can contain over 1000 pages of text!

    Keywords are mainly found in four fields: Title, abstract, claims, and specification (which is also called the description or the disclosure).  When keyword searching, you'll want to keep in mind where in the document you want to search for certain terms, and how the language might vary in different parts of the document.

    A keyword can be either a single term, like "fingerprint," "security," or "financial."  A keyword can also be a string such as "light emitting diode," "wireless communication" or "target molecule."

    Too often patent searchers rely too heavily on keyword searching.  Keyword searching is amazingly powerful, but it should be used in conjunction with classification, and date searching for optimal results.

  • Updated on: Jun 29, 2017

    Setting Preferences

    You can customize your research session by changing your settings in your Preferences.  For example, you can determine which collections or patent authorities you want AcclaimIP to search by default.  Some other Preferences you can set include:

    • Look and feel of the application.
    • Change the default size of many of the windows in the application.
    • Change how many results appear per page.
    • Change which data columns appear.
    • Default date range searched.
    • Word stemming turned on or off by default.
    • Turn highlighting on or off by default.
    • Modify auto-save settings such as how many recent searches AcclaimIP remembers automatically.
    • Set idle time before AcclaimIP automatically logs you out and terminates your session.
  • Updated on: Jun 29, 2017

    Searching Using The Quick Search Tab

    Quick Overview of Quick Search Options

  • Updated on: Jun 29, 2017

    Searching Using Advanced Search Tabs

    The Advanced Search window provides many tools for search patent data.

  • Updated on: Jun 29, 2017

    How Do I Sort My Search Results?

    It is often desirable to sort your search results by something other than the default search order (we recommend you set your default sort to Relevance > Descending in your Preferences.  For example, it is 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.


  • Updated on: Jun 29, 2017

    Expander Rows in Search Result Grid

    The search result grid is set up very much like a spreadsheet with familiar options for sorting and re-ordering. The spreadsheet-like view is helpful to quickly assess your search results.

    However for doing a semi-detailed level-one analysis of each patent, it is helpful to view more information than what is available in the standard view–specifically the abstract and the representative patent image.