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  • Updated on: Jun 05, 2017

    Charting Basics

    Most patent research projects include charts and visulaizations which summarize your research.  In general, reports should be introduced with a summary chart, table or other visualization.  In this article we explore some ideas to help you make your patent charts and visualizations, clear, intuitive, easy to read and uncluttered.

  • Updated on: Jun 05, 2017

    Assignee Normalization

    Assignee names in AcclaimIP are normalized.  This means that you can search on one version of a company name such has "IBM" and you'll get an inclusive search including 655 different versions of their name found in the patent database.

    It is almost impossible to make sense of patent data if names are not normalized.

  • Updated on: May 31, 2017

    Proximity Searching

    Proximity searching is a basic technique you need to learn to find one term within a certain number of words of another search term.  

    Basic Syntax:

    To do a proximity search, put your terms in quotation marks then add the tilde ( ~ ) character, then the maximum number of terms between the two or more terms you want to search.

    "Toilet Seat"~3  -->  Finds the "Toilet" and "Seat" within  three terms of each other.

    "Toilet Seat Cover"~5  -->  Finds the the terms "toilet" and "seat" within 5 words of each other, and "Seat" and "Cover" also within 5 words of each other.

    You can use as many terms as you wish in your proximity searches.  As a general rule, use 2 to 4 to find the terms within the same phrase, 7 to 15 to find them in the same sentence, and 15 to about 25 to find the terms in the same paragraph or claim.  Of course the distances are cumulative, a search with six terms within five words of each other can span up to 30 terms.

  • Updated on: May 31, 2017

    Patent Collections Covered

    The AcclaimIP database covers 94 authorities, including full-text US, EP, WIPO, and German collections.  Our biblio/abstract collections include Japan, China, Korea, France, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, Spain, Austria, Sweden, Russia, Taiwan, Italy, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador, and many others.

    Our full-text database has over 31 million records and including our biblio/abstract collection accounts for an total of 95 million patent records.

    Coverage Specifically includes the following authorities:

    • United States (US)
    • Japan (JP)
    • China (CN)
    • Germany (DE)
    • European Patent Office (EP)
    • Korea (KR)
    • France (FR)
    • World Intellectual Property Organization (WO)
    • Great Britain (GB)
    • Canada (CA)
    • Australia (AU)
    • Soviet Union (SU)
    • Spain (ES)
    • Austria (AT)
    • Sweden (SE)
    • Russia (RU)
    • Taiwan (TW)
    • Italy (IT)
    • Switzerland (CH)
    • Netherlands (NL)
    • Belgium (BE)
    • Brazil (BR)
    • Denmark (DK)
    • Finland (FI)
    • Poland (PL)
    • Norway (NO)
    • South Africa (ZA)
    • Mexico (MX)
    • East Germany
    • Hungary (HU)
    • Czechoslovakia (CS)
    • Portugal (PT)
    • Argentina (AR)
    • Ireland (IE)
    • New Zealand (NZ)
    • Czech Republic (CZ)
    • Greece (GR)
    • Hong Kong (HK)
    • Israel (IL)
    • Romania (RO)
    • Singapore (SG)
    • Turkey (TR)
    • Yugoslavia
    • Bulgaria (BG)
    • India (IN)
    • Ukraine (UA)
    • Luxembourg (LU)
    • Eurasian Patent Org (EA)
    • Malaysia (MY)
    • Slovakia (SK)
    • Slovenia (SI)
    • Philippines (PH)
    • Colombia (CO)
    • Croatia (HR)
    • Morocco (MA)
    • Peru (PE)
    • Indonesia (ID)
    • African Intellectual Property Org (OA)
    • Egypt (EG)
    • Uruguay (UY)
    • Ecuador (EC)
    • Estonia (EE)
    • Latvia (LV)
    • Serbia (RS)
    • Moldova (MD)
    • Lithuania (LT)
    • Guatemala (GT)
    • Costa Rica (CR)
    • Iceland (IS)
    • Georgia (GE)
    • Cuba (CU)
    • Chile (CL)
    • Cyprus (CY)
    • Dominican Republic (DO)
    • Monaco (MC)
    • Zambia (ZM)
    • Zimbabwe (ZW)
    • Panama (PA)
    • San Marino (SM)
    • El Salvador (SV)
    • Algeria (DZ)
    • Kenya (KE)
    • Honduras (HN)
    • Malawi (MW)
    • Montenegro (ME)
    • Malta (MT)
    • Tajikistan (TJ)
    • Cooperative Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GC)
    • Mongolia (MN)
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina (BA)
    • Nicaragua (NI)
    • Vietnam (VN)
    • Trinidad/Tobago (TT)
    • Thailand (TH)
  • Updated on: May 31, 2017

    Compatible Browsers

    AcclaimIP is a web application and is accessible using virtually any browser. We make extensive use of JavaScript, and we recommend the most recent version of the browser you choose which will always have the fastest possible JavaScript engine.

    We test AcclaimIP on Windows, Macintosh, and Ubuntu Linux, as well as Chrome and Firefox browsers on each platform.

  • Updated on: May 31, 2017

    AcclaimIP Layout

    The AcclaimIP patent search and analysis software program is web based.  This means you access the software using a standard web browser from any computer which you have access.

    You can login from other computers and we do not tie the software to a particular domain, IP address or MAC address.  Many of our users  do their research outside of the office in the quiet of the evening and appreciate being able to login from any computer.

  • Updated on: May 31, 2017

    Withdrawn Field (WITHDRAWN)

    Patents may be withdrawn in the US. The WITHDRAWN field is a Boolean and requires a true(T) or false(F) as the only acceptable values.

  • Updated on: May 31, 2017

    Assignment Data (AN_CHAIN_XXXX)

    With the set of Assignment Field Codes you can query any data in a patent's assignment record.  The assignment record is found in the Assignment tab of the Document Details window.  Assignment records contain the following types of data.

    1. Inventor Releases: Which are typically excuted prior to the issuance of the patent.
    2. Assignment Events: When a patent changes hands or is purchased or acquired by another entity.
    3. Security Agreements: When there is a lien on a patent by a bank, shareholder or other entity.
    4. Security Releases: When the security agreements above are released by the lien holder.

    The assignment data is up-to-date to the nearest week after each weekend's indexing.  However we do provide a direct one-click link to the same data on the USPTO.gov website by clicking the green link to help you confirm the accuracy of our assignment data.

    The rows in our assignment records are sorted by default with newest event on top.  Generally this is the most useful presentation and the easiest to read, but the rows are sortable by clicking the column headers.

  • When an assignment event takes place it is first executed when the paperwork is processed, but there may be a delay before it is recorded and the data is available to AcclaimIP. Both dates are tracked in AcclaimIP.

    To query patents by their most recent date of recordation of assignment events use the ANRE_REC_DT field code.

  • When a patent changes hands an assignment may be recorded at the USPTO.  Because patents are often assigned many times over their lives, it is most useful to be able to query the most recent assignment date. Use the ANRE_EXE_DT field code to query patents by their most recent execution date.

    As with other date fields you can use it with date range or a single date.