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PatSnap's Top Search Tips

Sometimes we have little nuggets of advice that can help when you're constructing a search. We asked the PatSnap Customer Success Department to come up with their best gems of advice for when you're performing a new search:

  • Avoid using generic words such as “improve, accelerate, benefit” when possible.


  • Try to start with a broad search, then narrow down. Think of it like casting a wide net, then tightening that net once you know you've caught the right fish.


  • Use the “Search Helper” to build a query to ensure you are effectively using any logic, proximity and wildcard syntax effectively.


  • When building a query think back to your algebra classes in school, and use brackets to separate groups of functions. For example –  IPC:(B60C) AND "steel cord" AND (motorcycle OR motorbike OR "motor bike" OR "two-wheeled vehicle")


  • Surround phrases with quotation marks. For example – “hydrogen peroxide”


  • If you want to look for specific keywords that are integral to the technology you’re looking for, limit them to the claims section. Claims are the part of a patent where only the most pertinent information is included.


  • Using capital letters doesn’t affect searches, so there’s no need to include them in searches.


  • If you are only interested at looking for patents within certain jurisdictions/countries, then you can refine these by using the tick boxes on the left.


  • If you are struggling to put a complex search together, try using the command search to build it out piece by piece!


  • When trying to find similar patents, use the "Similar Patents" and citation feature as a starting point.


  • You can then build a search around relevant patents you find and use the landscape to map these out. Once you have done this, keeping the search fairly broad, you can search for the patent(s) you built the search around on the landscape to quickly identify the hill that is most pertinent to you.


  • Always think about how you want your keywords to be related to one another. For instance, the use of AND can sometimes be too broad, why not try $WS to provide your search with a scope that captures a wide net but ensures your keywords are still close to each other.


  • Refine your search using the settings button, to ensure you are only seeing ONE family member, instead of the entire list of continuation patents.


  • Don’t complicate your initial search query by adding too many keywords; it's easy to use additional keywords to refine at a later point if you need to.


  • To avoid large search results, think about what is unique about your idea and how it is different from others out there, and make that the focus of your search.



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