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  • Updated on: Mar 24, 2022

    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)
  • On the Search Result window, there is a button at the top of the Refine Search panel called "Display Query."  Display Query shows you the flattened query.  A flattened query includes the code that is actually sent to the search engine based on selections you've made in the User Interface (UI).

    Flattened Queries provide users two main benefits:

    1. Let's you review exactly what is being sent to the search engine.  In other words, Display Query shows you how the UI impacts the query.  It is helpful for advanced users to diagnose queries and analyze what the UI is doing.
    2. By extension, you can edit default behavior of the user interface by choose Display Query, flattening the query, then editing the result.

    This second option allows you to, for example, use a Boolean NOT and remove selections, and effectively page the facets in each of the filters.

  • Updated on: Mar 23, 2022

    Overview

    This guide goes into more depth on theory than our Help User Manual. The help user manual is designed to quickly tell you how to do something without bogging you down with theory which may be unnecessary for you.

    In this manual we solve specific search problems using a series of tools in the application.

  • Updated on: Mar 23, 2022

    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: Mar 23, 2022

    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: Mar 16, 2022

    AcclaimIP - Layout and Access

    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.

  • The QueryFlow tool differs from the Keyword Analyzer in several ways:

    • QueryFlow uses a powerful algorithm called TF/IDF (Term Frequency/Inverse Document Frequency) to find "important" terms in the source document.
    • QueryFlow defaults to a Boolean OR operator compared to the Boolean AND in the Keyword Tool.
    • Terms are weighted using Query Flow.

    An "important" term is defined as a term that appears in the patent with a high frequency but does not appear very often in the entire patent corpus.  As a result, TF/IDF doesn't need stop terms.  Terms like the, and, but, with etc appear so often in the corpus that they are never identified as "important" terms.  Even "patentese" terms such as method, apparatus, system appear so frequently in patent data that the algorithm never deems them "important."

    Because of the weighting, and the nature of the Boolean OR operator, QueryFlow does a much better job of creating inclusive lists.  But the list can be very large.  The most relevant patents will be displayed at the top of the search result list.

    Term weighting boosts a term's relevance in the search results and increases the overall precision of your query.  Patents with higher weighted terms appear higher in the search results.  Weighting terms does NOT impact the recall, which means the same number of documents will be returned by the search engine no matter what weighting you use.  But the order in which they appear will be affected.

  • AcclaimIP offers another method for finding similar documents using a class profiling technique.

    The logic is simple. If, for example, your source patent is classified in one primary (Original) class and cross references another four classifications, doesn't it stand to reason that patents with the most similar class profiles will also be similar to the target patent?

    This technique is possible because AcclaimIP's search engine is aware of each classification's relative position in its hierarchy including all parent and children classes.

  • Updated on: Mar 15, 2022

    Creating Custom Data Fields

    To create data field follow these steps:

    • Create the Field
    • Set Permissions (access rights)
    • Optionally, Import Data
  • Updated on: Mar 15, 2022

    Importing Custom Data into AcclaimIP

    Data may be imported into AcclaimIP's custom fields in bulk.  For example, you may wish to export some data from your IAM software platform and enter it into AcclaimIP for your searchers to leverage.  

    The most common data imported into AcclaimIP include:

    1. Rating Systems:  Is the patent any good?
    2. Taxonomies:  Where does the patent apply?
    3. Legal Data:  Internal Document Numbers, Litigation Status, Abandonment Dates

    Integrating your internal data into AcclaimIP is a great way to leverage past work with your IP team.

    Administrators can import data to all custom fields in a single import attempt.  However, when you are learning the process, we recommend you start with a single field before you tackle importing 25 fields or more at one time.

    Disclaimer:

    The data used in these examples are entirely made up for demonstration purposes and do not represent any entity's custom data.