Identifying Relevant Patent Records in Global Patent Search Results

Dec 28, 2020

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Modern patent search tools have granted an incredible amount of power to patent professionals. At one point, a global patent search was only able to be completed by searching the many patent databases that are maintained by patent authorities around the world. A patent professional would have to search the USPTOPatFT and AppFT databases to obtain patent and patent applications records in the United States, and they would then need to search other databases to review patent documents in other territories. Today, patent research can be performed from a single search platform, LexisNexis TotalPatent One®, which allows users to search patent records maintained by over 100 worldwide patent authorities using a single query.  

TotalPatent One® global patent search tools can significantly reduce the amount of time spent on patent searches by allowing researchers to access over 1 million patent records from a single platform; but the sheer volume of patent records produced by a worldwide search can be overwhelming without additional tools. TotalPatent One includes several features that allow patent professionals to not only access an unprecedented amount of patent documents, but also to assess their relevance while maintaining efficiency. 

Keyword Relevance

Most patent search engines provide minimal information when displaying the results from a search query, and users are lucky if they can view more than a document title, patent or application number, and priority date without needing to first click a link to view additional details. This makes it difficult for users to determine the relevance of a search result without spending time reviewing the full text of the underlying patent document. One of the first things TotalPatent One users notice when using keywords in their search queries is that their results page displays the prevalence of their keywords in each of the patent documents brought up by their search. Each patent document in a user’s results list shows the “keyword occurrence” within the document, as well as a breakdown of where keywords appear within a document (e.g., title, abstract, claims, etc.) so users can identify relevant documents quicker than ever.

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Previews and Visual Cues

There is a reason people say a picture is worth a thousand words. When conducting a patent search, being able to visualize the claimed invention makes a patent document infinitely easier to understand. With that in mind, TotalPatent One was designed so users can preview document images without needing to navigate away from the list of search results. Also, from the search results page, users can preview pertinent document information, including bibliographic information, abstracts, claims and related documents. Document previews can even be customized by users to accommodate their search styles and to optimize their ability to identify relevant patent references with minimal effort. 

Modern patent search tools may allow patent professionals to access the worlds patent archives from a single source, but it takes more than just access to produce efficiency.  

TotalPatent One includes features that allow users to weed out irrelevant search results and identify important patent references. With access to global patent records and the ability to quickly comb through search results, TotalPatent One users conduct effective patent searches without wasting time. 

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