- Part 3 - Patent View
- Dual View
- Training Webinar - Part 2
From the results page (and some other parts of PatSnap), you can select a specific patent you want to inspect. After doing so, you will enter the "Patent View" screen.
Make note of the toolbar that will be available on the top right part of the Patent View many sections.
Using this toolbar you will be able to Download the PDF file of the patent you are inspecting, save it to a Workspace, assign values to custom fields, leave a comment, share the patent (link/email), and translate text from its original language to English or Chinese.
Additionally, on the right side of the screen you'll find your original search results in a list alongside some other options.
You can access the Keyword Highlighter (explained on Part 2), the Structure Highlighter, and the option for reporting data errors. When reporting a data error you are able to select from the options of data missing/incomplete, data error, data improvement, or others.
|It is also possible to navigate through the results using the arrow buttons pointing up and down, or to hide this sidebar completely by clicking on the arrow button pointing right.|
|The first thing that will appear after entering Patent View, is the "Overview" page. The Overview page has multiple sections to select from, "Abstract" will be the first one to appear.|
Under "Abstract", you will be able to see various pieces of relevant information about the selected patent.
The next section from the overview page is "Claims". You can either view the claims of the patent as a list, in the same way they would be shown in the patent itself, or using the "Claim Tree" tool.
This is how the standard Claims page looks like.
You can change the view to "Claim Tree" by selecting it at the top left-hand part of the screen.
The Claim Tree illustrates the relationship between the independent and dependent claims of the patent. An independent claim is the broadest claim whereas dependent claims refer to the independent claim and include all its features with some further detail added to the independent claim.
Initially, you will see just the independent claims, but you can also see the dependent claims by clicking on the orange boxes on the left side of each independent claim.
You can also see claims that are dependent on the dependent claims by clicking on the black boxes.
The next option from the overview page is "description" where you are able to view a broken-up description of the patent with anchor links on the left side.
The next option is "Images". Here you can see the images contained within the original PDF file of the patent.
On the top right corner of this screen, you can access the "Smart Image" tool, if you choose to toggle it ON, it will display patent terms on relevant figures using Smart Image technology. If you click on any one of these terms, you will be able to see a red mark that indicates the place in which an Image alludes to this term.
If you open an image while Smart Image is ON, you will be able to see all of the terms that correspond to the selected image. It is possible to rearrange these terms as you consider best.
When you reach the “Similar Patents” section, PatSnap completely disregards the search query that you used to arrive at the patent that you are currently viewing. Instead, it uses the same algorithm as our semantic search. The similarity of the listed patents is based on keywords that are present in the patent you are currently viewing.
At first, you will be presented with a list of 100 documents (20 per page). In this list, each entry will display a tag indicating if this similar patent has a priority date earlier or later than the viewed patent, along its publication number and title, current assignee, application date, and publication date.
At the top right part of the screen you will find two buttons labeled "More Similar Patents" and "Save All to Workspace".
If you click on the "More Similar Patents" button, a new results page will be opened in a new tab with 1,000 similar patents in total. "Save All To Workspace" will allow you to save the patents contained in the page you are currently viewing into 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.
PatSnap uses an indicator-based patent valuation system. It analyses simple patent families using a set of 26 objective value indicators (e.g. forward- and backwards-citations, patent family sizes, geographical coverage, patent age, legal status etc.) and adjusts the calculated patent value based on empirical data of historical patent transactions.
The next tab you can go to in Patent View is "Dual View" where you can look at the full text of the patent on the left side of the screen, and the PDF file next to it.
It is also possible to access "Smart Image" from the Dual View screen, you'll find the option to do so at the top of the PDF file.
You'll be able to see the images on the right, and if you click on one of the automatically generated patent terms, it'll be displayed and tagged on the left side of the screen.
The next tab you can go to is "Citation", where you can view a list of documents that have been cited in this patent (Cites).
And a list of patents that have cited the one you are currently inspecting (Cited By).
Finally, you'll find the option to save these lists of patents to a Workspace, and access the "Citation Map".
The Citation Map allows you to see at a glance all the forward and backward citations that a particular patent has. This is useful for when you are trying to Identify prior art, or potential infringement on a specific patent.
On this map, you can decide which information you want to display. For example, which patents have licensing information, and which ones are involved in litigation. PatSnap will display an icon next to the patent concerned.
It is possible to show the citation information of the patents that belong to the same Simple, INPADOC or Extended family as the patent you are currently viewing. You can can also group these entries by Application Number or by Authority.
You have the ability to extend this citation map indefinitely. If a “+” appears next to a patent, you can display the backward, or forward citations that this patent may have (generations).
You can click on any of the patents you are interested in, and relevant information will be displayed. You will have the option to view this patent, add it to your Workspace, or download the PDF document.
Finally, the camera icon will allow you to take a screenshot of the map and save it to your computer.
The next tab is "Family", where you can view the other patents that are members of the same families as the patent you are currently viewing. You can choose to see the representatives of the Simple, INPADOC, or Extended family. It is also possible to display the family members in the "Geography", or "Tree Map" views.
Here, you will get to see the countries in which this family has presence. You will be able to see how many documents have been published, and where. The countries in which a family member exists will be colored, and the documents from EPO and WIPO are displayed at the bottom of the map.
You can select to see these documents ungrouped, or counted by one document per application. You can also choose which patent family is displayed (Simple, INPADOC, or Extended).
At the top right of this map, you'll find the options to show (or hide) the numbers, take a screenshot, and go into full-screen mode.
Below the map, you will find a list of all the family members, depending on the family you are choosing. On the left side you will see the publication number of each member, and the option to download the corresponding PDF file. On the right side of the list, you can choose to display priority data, current assignee, inventor, IPC, Abstract, or Application number/date. At the top of this list, you'll find the option to filter out by Authority.
Here, you will see a tree that shows all of the the family members, and their relationship. On the left side of the map you'll find the different Jurisdictions where there are family members present, and on the top of the map, you'll see the application year.
On the top right side of the map you can access the settings, where you can refine by application year, authority, or legal status. You can also choose what information will be displayed for each patent. Application number is selected by default, and you can add the application date, publication number, publication date, legal status, if there has been any litigation or licensing activity, and the relationship between publications. Also located on the top right, there is the option to take a screenshot of the full map, or to go into full-screen mode.
The lines and arrows show the different links within the family. If you chose to display the relationship between patents from the settings menu, the arrows will also indicate if a patent claimed priority, or if they are a continuation or divisional from a previously published patent.
The next and final tab, is "Legal". Here, you'll find the sections Transaction, Litigation, Re-examination & Invalidation, Licensing, Pledge, File Wrapper, and Customs. Please note that these sections will only be available when there is relevant data to display
The first section that appears after selecting "Legal" is "Transaction".
From here, you will be able to see:
The transaction tab might be a little different depending of the country or authority that the patent you are viewing comes from. Patents that have been filed through the EPO for example, will display the list of countries in which this patent is being enforced at the top of the transaction screen.
If you click on one of the countries, you will be able to see the transactions that are relevant to that territory.
The next option is "Litigation" which displays information about cases that have taken place involving this patent.
You will be able to see the name of the case, its case number, the court where the trial took place, and the dates in which the case was filed and closed. It is also possible to view the product(s) cited, and the Judge who took this case. The information concerning both the plaintiff, the defendant, and the attorneys who were on each side is listed too. Including their corresponding law firms.
You can click on the publication number of the patents involved, or the related cases. This will open a new results page with relevant results.
Finally, on the litigation section, you can view the dockets (if they are available). When the PDF icon appears, you will be able to download the document.
Re-examination & Invalidation
"Re-examination & invalidation" allows you to see the relevant information to this type of cases, like the European Case Law Identifier, Decision number and date, Distribution, Language of proceedings, Type, Board, Applicants, Legal Grounds, Summary, etc.
Under "Licensing", you can view details of licensing deals that have taken place regarding this patent. You will be able to the find the date the terms of the license were agreed, the licensee and the licensor for the deal, the industry that the licensor operates within, case number for the deal, and some other relevant details.
Next section is "Pledge", it will allow you to see the date that the patent was pledged, the reel/frame numbers, the type of pledge, and the pledgor and pledgee.
The file wrapper, sometimes referred as the patent file history, is a written record of the application process, negotiations, and communications between Applicant and the Patent office. In PatSnap, you should be able to access this information under the "Legal" tab of the "Patent View".
When the file wrapper information is not hosted in PatSnap, you should see a link to the official website where you can also view this information.
Finally, we have the "Customs" section. Intellectual property rights holders apply to the Customs for the intellectual property rights protection. Currently, we only have Customs records for CN and JP patents.
Training Webinar - Part 2
Finally, to close the Patent View section of this guide, here is the second part of the video series prepared by our training team. In this video, Hannah will go over the features found in "Patent View".
You can also check:
- What Is Smart Image And How Do I Use It?
- How Does PatSnap Valuation Work?
- Citation Analysis
- Patent Families 101
- How to extract chemicals from a patent onto PatSnap Chemical
- What Is Semantic Search? How Does It Work?