About Custom Data Fields
The custom fields feature is available to customers who have purchased the add-on module. This article and others in this chapter are targeted for Custom Field administrators who have access privileges to add, edit, delete, and assignee access rights to custom fields. Users of custom fields should refer to the chapter called Using Custom Fields in this help guide.
Custom fields allow you to add your own custom data inside of AcclaimIP and then search, filter, sort, facet, import, and export the data as if it were part of our normal patent data set. There is no performance impact when integrating your custom data with global patent data.
Additionally, if you license our API, you can update custom field data automatically from your AIM or Annuities Management application among other capabilities. To use the AcclaimIP API you must have an additional license, and you will need programmers to implement features on your end. API documentation is stored in a separate system.
Data Types Supported
AcclaimIP Custom Fields supports all normal data types including:
- Boolean (true or false)
- Multi-Select Combo (StringSelect or IntegerSelect)
Strings are blocks of text from one to thousands of words. You can import or manually type in comments or dates, for example. String Fields are often used in conjunction with a rating system where your subject matter expert can defend his/her rating of a patent with free-form text.
The integer field type supports whole numbers from minus infinity to positive infinity. Integer fields are often used for ranking patents from 1 to 5 or from 1 to 10. You can set the allowable values in an integer field so it will only accept values in a range you define; from 1 to 5, for example.
A decimal field is like an integer field except you can use decimals in your numbers. Numbers like 3.5 or 2456.798 are acceptable. You can set minimum and maximum boundaries.
Data fields accept dates within particular ranges, which you determine. For example if you know a patent's expiration date, including term extensions and terminal disclaimers, you can enter that in a date field.
A Boolean is a field that holds one of two values. True or False. Boolean fields are used when you want a simple yes or no answer to a question. For example you might want to tag a patent with a field to determine if you license the patent with a simple True in a field you call License.
The tag is similar to the String Fields, except that you can create individual string tags. Once you've typed what string you want in this field, you simply hit Enter, and a tag is created. This allows you to easily distinguish between various string tags, and to delete an entire single tag, as opposed to going into a String Field and having to manually delete a portion.
Multi-Select Combo Fields:
Multi-Select Combo fields allow you to determine a group of allowable values, and add one or more of those values to the field. They are often used for internal taxonomies where your organization has determined a set of, say, 20 allowable technology buckets. You define these values when you set up the field, and only these values will be accepted as valid input. This type of field prevents users from typing in Communication when you want only the plural, Communications, as your acceptable input.