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  • 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.

  • Updated on: Jun 29, 2017

    Searching Within Your Search Results

    Once you have created an initial search, you may wish to refine the search by further narrowing the search.  This article shows you several ways to refine your search.

  • Updated on: Jun 27, 2017

    Highlighting Terms and Keywords

    AcclaimIP provides robust keyword highlighting capabilities to help you find terms and concepts within patent documents.

  • Updated on: Jun 27, 2017

    How to Search in AcclaimIP

    AcclaimIP allows you to search from various parts of the application. The areas where you'll do most of your searching is from these three windows:

    1. Quick Search Window
    2. Advanced Search Window
    3. Search Results' Refine Panel
  • Updated on: Jun 27, 2017

    Logging into AcclaimIP.com

    AcclaimIP provides comprehensive patent search and analysis capabilities.