Independent Claims Field (ICLM)

Independent patent claims can be searched using the ICLM field code.  This field code searches only independent claims and ignores terms found in dependent claims.

The examples below can be used in conjunction with any number of other field codes to construct complex queries.


  • ICLM:wireless -->  Finds instances of documents with "wireless" in the independent claims.
  • ICLM:"coffee maker" -->  Finds the string "coffee maker" in the independent claims, exactly as typed.
  • ICLM:(endoscope camera)  -->  Finds documents with both the term "endoscope" and the term "camera" in the independent claims.  If no Boolean operator is used (as is the case here), AcclaimIP assumes a Boolean AND.
  • ICLM:(peanut OR butter)  -->  Finds documents with either term in the independent claims.  Documents with both terms are also returned.
  • ICLM:("peanut butter" NOT jelly) -->  Finds documents with the string "peanut butter" but NOT the term "jelly" in the independent claims.
  • ICLM:("peanut butter"~3) -->  Finds documents where the term "peanut" is within three terms of "butter" in the independent claims.

How NOT to search ICLM Field

ICLM:surgical clip  -->  Finds documents with "surgical" in the independent claims and "clip" in the Default Field set.  You must use quotes or parentheses to find both terms in the independent claims field.  Otherwise, AcclaimIP assumes you want to search the Default Field set for the terms not immediately following the colon ( : ).


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