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What Can I Do When I View A Patent?

When you have obtained your search results for a specific query you can select a specific patent you want to view and you will come to a page that looks like this:


Here you will see by default, the overview page with the "abstract" option selected which will give you various different pieces of information about the patent as well as being able to see the abstract for the patent. You can also see an image on the right of the screen which if selected will allow you to look at the other images contained within the patent.

The next option from the overview page is "claims" where you are able to view the claims of the patent. You can either view these as a list (as they would originally be shown in the patent itself) and as a tree where you can find out more about the claim tree here: What Is The Claim Tree?

The next option from the overview page is "description" where you are able to view the description of the patent.

The next option is "Images" which is an additional place where you can see the images contained within the patent.

The next option from the overview page is "Similar Patents" where you can see patents that are similar to the patent you are currently viewing. You can find more information about how this works here: How does the "Similar Patents" feature work?. These patents can also be added to a workspace.

The final option from the overview page is "Patent Valuation" which gives the valuation for the patent and shows some of the different scores that are used to calculate this value.

The next page you can go to is "Dual View" where you can view the PDF document for the patent with the full text for the patent next to it, as seen below:


The next page you can go to is "Citation" where you can view a citation list for the patent. Here you can see both the cites within this patent and which patents cites this particular patent. You are also able to add these lists of patents to a Workspace. Finally, you are also able to find the "Citation Map" here which allows you to see at a glance all of the forward and backward citations that a particular patent has. You can find more about this here: What Is The Citation Map and How Do I Use It? 


The next page you can go to is "Patent Family" where you can view the other patents that are members of the same families as this patent (simple/extended/INPADOC) as well as viewing a geography and a treemap for each of these different families. You can find out more about this option here: What Is Given In The Patent Family Option When Viewing A Patent?


The final page you can go to is "Legal Information" where you can view legal information regarding this patent. You can find out more about this option here: What Are The Different Legal Information Options When Viewing A Patent


As well as these pages, there are other options for you to use via this page.

Firstly, on the right-hand side of this screen, you will see a search list which shows the patents in the search results.

Secondly, on the overview and dual view pages, you have the highlighter option and chemical highlight (chemical highlight is only available if you have the chemical platform and on the overview tab, if you don't have it yet and are interested in getting it, discuss this with your account manager). You can find out more about the chemical highlight option here: How To Extract Chemicals From A Patent Onto PatSnap Chemical 

To use the highlighter tool click on the highlighter button on the top-right of the screen:

From here you can choose which words are highlighted with each color. You can also have more than one word selected for each color by separating them with semicolons. You are also able to turn the highlighter on/off and clear your current highlighter options:

It is worth noting that the highlighter tool does not work in the exact same way as our search engine does since the highlighter tool will highlight the term you inputted even if it is in the middle of a word whereas the search engine will only consider complete words.

Once you have done this you will see that the words you have chosen to be highlighted will be highlighted in the full text of the patent, as seen below:

There are also options that are available for you in all the pages. On the bottom-right of the screen you have the options for reporting data errors:



Above these options, you can find the option to add comments / custom fields. When adding a new custom field you can either add a new custom field for this patent or add another previously added custom field to this patent. You can also add a comment to this patent.

When reporting a data error you are able to select from the options of data missing/incomplete, data error, data improvement or others and then type in the issue below this.

There are also multiple options on the top-right corner of the screen. These are shown below:


The first option is "quick save" which creates a new folder in workspace and adds this patent to it.

The second option is "save to workspace" which allows you to save this patent to a folder in a workspace.

The third option is "pdf" which allows you to download the patent as a PDF file.

The next option allows you to send information regarding this patent to other people as an email or a link. In case of an email, you have the option of introducing the patent titles and abstracts in the email, sending the original PDF file (if it is available) within the email as well as sending a copy of the email to yourself.

You can also copy a link of the current patent to your clipboard which you can then paste wherever you want. 

The final option is "Translate" which allows you to view a translation for this patent's full text. You can find out more about this option here: What can be translated?  


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