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  • Updated on: Feb 23, 2022

    Quick View of Available Preferences

    In this short article we list the settable options in AcclaimIP. The Preferences window contains a row of tabs where you to set preferences for different part of the application.

    Searching Tab:

    1. Collections: Choose which data sets you want to search by default.
    2. Date Range: Pick the range and date type to search by default. The most common is Last 20 Years and File Date.
    3. Word Stemming: Choose whether or not you want AcclaimIP to include stemmed results. For example if you searched on "Computer" then stemming on would return documents containing "compute," "computing," "computed," etc.

    Look & Feel Tab:

    1. Set Background Color: You can change the color of the blue (by default) desktop by choosing another color from the color picker. If you have a very precise color in mind, you can type in the hexidecimal value for that color (e.g. #2d683a)
    2. Upload Background Image: If you want your own custom wallpaper on the AcclaimIP desktop. Click the Browse Image Library button, then upload your image to the library. Once uploaded, check the "Use Background Image" box.
    3. Themes: There are two color themes to the AcclaimIP application. The default is the light blue. There is also a gray version and an accessibility option for those with low vision.
    4. Printed Reports: In future versions of AcclaimIP, you'll be able to output custom reports with your color scheme, logo and footer text. For now these features are not available.

    Result Grids Tab:

    1. Default Columns: Select which columns you want to appear in your search result by default. You can always add any column on the fly.
    2. Sort Order: For optimal results, we recommend Relevance/Descending as the default sort order. But for certain types of searches you may wish to change the default sort order.
    3. Width and Height: Change default size of the Search Result Window by setting the width in pixels.
    4. Results per Page: Set the number of results you want to see before you have to paginate to see the next set of results.
    5. Auto-Saved Searches: Choose how many recent searches you want AcclaimIP to remember by default.
    6. Clear Searches: Tell AcclaimIP if you want to clear all your searches when you log out.
    7. Set Refinement Panel: The refinement panel contains the default filters on the left side of the Search Result window. Choose whether you want it to open by default. We recommend you set it to Open unless you are using a very small screen.
    8. Keyword Highlighting: Tell AcclaimIP if you want keywords in your searches to be highlighted by default. You can turn on/off highlighting on the fly. Note too: You set Keyword highlighting separately for the Document Details window.

    Doc Details Tab:

    1. Width and Height: Set the default size of the Document Details window in pixels.
    2. No. Recently Viewed: AcclaimIP will remember the last documents you reviewed so you can recall them later if you did not yet save to a Research Folder.
    3. Clear Recently Viewed on Logout: Tell AcclaimIP if you want it to forget what you viewed recently when you logout of the system. This is useful in shared environments such as our library customers.
    4. Open on One Hit: If a search result contains only one result, you have the option to have the software automatically open the Document Details window for that document.
    5. Image Panel: The Image Panel is to the right of the Document Details Window and contains the figures. It is in an accordion style window. Tell AcclaimIP if you want it open or closed by default. We recommend it is opened unless you are using a very small monitor.

    System Tab:

    1. Idle Time Before Logout: Tell AcclaimIP how long to wait before it automatically logs you out.
    2. Cascade Windows: This option automatically opens new windows with a slight offset so you can see the windows behind it. Try experimenting with the option and see which you prefer.


  • Updated on: Feb 23, 2022

    Query Syntax Overview

    This chapter contains instructions on how to construct valid queries using AcclaimIP syntax.  For a complete list of query field codes, please view the AcclaimIP Cheat Sheet.

    You can create your own queries through the Expert Search form, the Quick Search window and the My Query form field.  You'll find that the syntax is very easy to learn and use, and as you advance in your patent searching skills, you'll rely on advanced syntax to create powerful nested queries.

    This document explains the syntax you use to interact with the Query Parser in AcclaimIP.

  • Updated on: Feb 18, 2022

    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 allows you to add your own custom data inside of AcclaimIP and 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.

  • Updated on: Feb 18, 2022

    Importing Application Numbers

    AcclaimIP's importing feature imports document numbers which are patent numbers, or application publication numbers. You cannot import application serial numbers in the form of 12/123456 directly into AcclaimIP, but there is a work around.

    This technique is particularly helpful when you want to check the publication status of your applications in progress. The application serial number (APN) can usually be downloaded from your IAM (Intellectual Asset Management) software application.


    1. Perform a search on the application serial numbers.
    2. Save the search results to a research folder.

    Note: When performing these searches, you are limited to 1000 patent numbers per clause. If you want to import more than 1000 APNs, break up the query into two or more clauses. This technique is shown below.

  • Updated on: Feb 18, 2022

    Importing Patents from a Spreadsheet

    Patents can be imported into AcclaimIP from data sent to you in spreadsheets or text files such as emails and word processing documents.  You import patents to a research folder which can be shared with other users in your workgroup (company) or with external AcclaimIP users from other organizations.

  • Updated on: Feb 18, 2022

    Accessing Account Management Features

    All of the features you need to manage your account are located in one place inside of AcclaimIP.  To access your account management features, choose the My Account option from the Start menu.

    Only customer administrators have access to account management features.  If you are not the account administrator, you will not have account management capabilities.

    If you want to change customer administrators, contact AcclaimIP, and we'll make the new person the admin.

  • Updated on: Feb 18, 2022

    Saving Searches

    If you work on a specific search query, you'll want to save it so you can use it again in the future.  AcclaimIP supports a feature where you can save searches for easy recall later.

    I personally use the feature to save all my base queries.  A base query is a search that contains all the keywords and strings that describe one specific aspect of an invention.  I strongly recommend you build a library of relevant base queries, and save them to a folder called "Base Queries."  In this example, I expose my NFC base query.  I use this as my starting point when searching any technology related to NFC (Near Field Communications), and I never have to research all the terms which mean "NFC;" I just load my saved search.

  • Updated on: Feb 17, 2022

    Research Folders Overview

    Research folders store two types of data.  

    • Saved Searches.
    • Patent Documents.  

    Research Folders can hold up to 50,000 documents each depending on the plan you signed up for.  They can be shared with other members of your team, and even with users outside your company as long as they also have an AcclaimIP account.

    Research Folders are more than just a place to store the results of your searches.  AcclaimIP's advanced syntax gives you the ability to find unions, intersections and differences between folders and are in themselves analysis tools.

    The contents of Folders can be charted together giving you the ability to chart two portfolios across the same dimensions for comparative charts.

  • Updated on: Feb 17, 2022

    Setting User Preferences

    You can set your user Preferences so the application's default behavior is customized to suit your needs. For example, you can customize the following:

    1. Which data columns appear in your default search results.
    2. Default date ranges searched.
    3. Which collections are searched by default.
    4. Default sort (we recommend Relevancy unless there is specific reason to sort on another column).
    5. Overall look and feel of AcclaimIP including colors, window sizes, and wallpaper.
    6. Idle time before AcclaimIP automatically logs you out.
  • Updated on: Feb 15, 2022

    Other Account Management Features