Patent Search Tools: The Difference a Folder Can Make

Feb 6, 2021

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People tend to underestimate the power of a file folder. While a folder is a simple tool, it actually has significant power that allows for the collection and organization of documents. When coupled with technology, a folder of patent references can become even more. Patent search software enhances the concept of a folder by turning it into a vehicle for a better understanding of client projects, entire patent portfolios and the patent landscape surrounding fields of innovation. 

Patent Project Folders 

Patent professionals are often responsible for an overwhelming number of patent projects, and most of them involve a patent search in one form or another. The need for several patent searches could arise when even just a few innovative clients wish to explore their options for patent protection or their ability to sell a particular product or service without infringing on competitors’ patent rights. Modern patent prosecution tools make it possible for patent practitioners to access and review patent filings from all over the world. These tools allow for both freedom-to-operate searches in specific patent jurisdictions and patentability searches that require the consideration of patent documents from across the globe. With a few simple clicks, users can add a single patent reference or many from a list of search results to readily available online folders. 

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Patent Portfolios 

Using patent search software to maintain client patent portfolios has several advantages. Like any tangible folder containing hard copies of patent records, electronic folders help organize client records and group patent documents together for accessibility. However, one of the primary advantages of using folders on patent search platforms like LexisNexis TotalPatent One® is that its intuitive user interface, filters and search features make it easy to navigate directly to specific documents and retrieve information within patent portfolios on demand. TotalPatent One® also offers great flexibility when exporting or printing from patent portfolio folders. Exports can be customized to only include specifically chosen patent records or the most important sections of patent documents, and can be generated in several formats including those compatible with Microsoft® Word and Excel®. 

Patent Landscapes 

When businesses want to explore the possibility of developing products in a particular area, they use patent landscape searches to inform their business plans and research and development. Patent landscaping can expose risky technological areas that are saturated with patented technologies, as well as which geographic markets pose the greatest risk. The TotalPatent One patent search platform enables users to conduct global patent landscaping and assemble robust landscape folders by providing users with links to the references cited in a patent document, the references that cite to a patent document and the other patent records that make up a patent family.  

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LexisNexis TotalPatent One patent search tools take file folders to the next level. With an intuitive user interface and access to global patent archives, TotalPatent One users can easily create folders for all their projects.  

Whether searching to determine an invention’s patentability, manage client portfolios or gain a better understanding of a patent landscape, TotalPatent One features help users better navigate, interpret and export patent research. Thanks to TotalPatent One, you will never again underestimate the power of the folder. 

Use LexisNexis TotalPatent One® patent search software for comprehensive research and analytics. Learn more about searching with TotalPatent One in the article Do This, Not That: Tips for More Efficient Patent Searches 

Learn how to create work folders with this short training video and to learn how to use the export feature with this video.   

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