Highlighting Terms and Keywords

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

Set Highlighting Options in Preferences

In your User Preferences highlighting can be turned on in either the Result Grids tab, the Doc Details tab, or both.

You enable highlights in each window separately.  

Turn on Highlighting in Result Grids

  • Open your Preferences by going to Start>Preferences.
  • Choose the Result Grids tab (1).
  • Scroll down and choose "On" in the Keyword Highlighting (2) field (the switch toggles back and forth as you click on it).
  • Click the Save button (3).

Turn on Highlighting in Doc Details

  • Open your Preferences by going to Start>Preferences.
  • Choose the Doc Details tab (1).
  • Choose "On" in the Keyword Highlighting (2) field (the switch toggles back and forth as you click on it).
  • Click the Save button (3).

Highlighting Results

In this example, I ran a very simple search for the word "test" to appear in the title, only. If the Highlighter panel is closed (you can only see the blue bar, but do not see the various pieces of the panel in the screenshot above) open the fly out panel by clicking on the small arrow at the top of the blue Highlighter bar. 

Once the panel is open, you will see the following options:

1) The highlighted terms from the search that you ran

2) I have added a box by clicking on the New Terms Group (5) and have added the term "vessel." However, I have not clicked the Update (6) yet, so you do not see the pink highlighting in the screenshot above. Note that I can add phrases as well as single terms

3) You can add more than one New Terms Group (and add multiple terms to them) before updating

4) You can add additional terms to highlight in any of the groups, even the original term group color from the original search

5) The New Term Group button to add a new highlighter group

6) Once you have what terms and groups you want to add, click the Update button (it will only be green if there is something to update)

I have now clicked update. Generally speaking, there are two rules of thumb that you want to remember:

1) Multiple word highlighting will override single word highlighting (you can see this in the screenshot above)

2) If you are highlighting a phrase of one or more words (for example "test pattern" in the above example) and then highlighting an additional phrase that includes multiple words that are already highlighted (for example "test pattern generator" since that includes the already highlighted "test pattern") the higher up on the list the Terms Group box is, the more preference the highlighting is given.

In other words, if "test pattern generator" was in the yellow (top) group, and "test pattern" was in the pink (second) group, the yellow highlighting would be applied. Only those areas where the phrase "test pattern" was not followed by the term "generator" would you see the pink highlighting. 

However, if it was reversed ("test pattern generator" was in the pink group and "test pattern" was in the yellow group) the yellow highlighting would be applied and you would never see pink highlighting (since the pink "test pattern generator" must always include "test pattern").

These examples are shown in the screenshots below.

Note that you can highlight multiple terms and phrases at the same time. For example, if you have multiple terms that you want to use all the time, you do not have to type these in every single time. You can simply copy/paste from a text document (perhaps a word document that you've saved as "My Highlighting Terms" or something).

Imagine if you wanted to use the below set of terms and phrases multiple times:

test pattern, strip

Notice how I have separated them out with commas. The AcclaimIP system understands that when you separate these out by a comma, you want them to be unique terms or phrases for highlighting. Now just drop them into the highlighter such as the below, hit enter and then click Update, just like we discussed above. See the screenshots below for a visual representation.

Highlighting From Your Browser's Find Feature

Most browsers support a search feature by clicking CTRL-F (Windows) or ⌘-F (Mac).  Each browser treats search-highlighting functionality slightly differently.

For example, on Safari and Chrome, if you click CTRL-F, it highlights fine, but if you page to the next page, the highlighting is removed.

Firefox, by contrast, generally maintains the highlighting as you page through documents.


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