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What can we help you with?

Search Settings and Search Result Display

PatSnap allows users to customize their search settings and search results display. This can be done using the dedicated settings button located on the top right-hand part of the search results page.

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Search Preferences 

With the search preferences, you can customize the search criteria prior to or after the search.

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Stemming

Stemming will automatically look for any variations of each and every word you entered in your search. It produces morphological variants of a root or base word. For instance, it can reduce words such as "spraying", "sprayable", "sprayed" or "sprays" to the root word of "spray". This will allow you to search for a base word and not have to additionally include variants of that word in your query.

More on information on Stemming can be found here: Stemming and Wildcard 101

Language  

By default, the search results page displays Title, Assignee Name and Inventor Name in the original language. However, PatSnap provides the opportunity to set the English language as the default language for the Title field.

The translation will be a "machine translation" for all the Geography, but China, Japan, Taiwan, and Vietnam are supported with a "human-assisted" translation.

 

Result Display

For search results, PatSnap includes any documents related to a certain Patent from the original application, its revised versions and the actual Patent documents. With the "Result Display" menu, you can group/hide patents. Despite the utility as a refinement tool, it strongly affects the following analysis:

 

One document per application

When showing "one document per application", you can chose whether to put the most up to date and recent application or the oldest application as your priority.

 

One extended family representative per group and Jurisdiction Priority

In this specific case, the family representative is picked based on two criteria:

  1. Matching with query
  2. Selected preferences

This means that if there is a patent in our extended family that doesn't match the query, despite the selected preferences, it will not be picked up as a representative. 

 

One INPADOC family representative per group and Jurisdiction Priority

In this specific case, the family representative is picked based on the same two criteria as above:

  1. Matching with query
  2. Selected preferences

This means that if there is a patent in the INPADOC family that doesn't match the query, despite the selected preferences, it will not be picked up as a representative.  

 

One simple family representative per group and Jurisdiction Priority

Simple families are collections of different documents related to the same Patent (such as application revisions or continuations). This grouping criterion will allow you to pick up only one representative document for the family. The criteria are as above:

  1. Matching with query
  2. Selected preferences 

This means that if there is a patent in the simple family that doesn't match the query, despite the selected preferences, it will not be picked up as representative.

You can find out more about patent families using these two articles: What Is A Patent Family?

 

Tag if family exists

This flag indicator shows if the patent within the search results contains other INPADOC family members that belong to the tag family. In the image below, the tag family is US.

 

 

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The Tag Family feature is extremely useful if combined with the grouping options. It allows us to understand if a patent within the search result contains family data from a reference database despite not showing as the main representative.

 

Search Result Display

PatSnap allows users to customize the search results page. You can add up to 12 Fields. Publication Number is set as an automatic field here.                    

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