How to Streamline Your Patent Search Process

December 12, 2017 David Bennett

“Efficient” is rarely used to describe patent prosecution. For the longest time, patent practitioners have accepted as normal having to deal with multiple counterintuitive patent databases to complete a single patentability search, prior art search, infringement search, or any search for patent literature, for that matter. The irony is that patents are about improvement and innovation. The world around us is changing rapidly - becoming better and more efficient - while the same antiquated methods, tools, and techniques are being used in the world of patents.  Change is long overdue, and thanks to modern patent search tools, “efficient” and “patent search” now go hand-in-hand.

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Concentrated Patent Resources

Patent practitioners may allocate their time searching for patents and patent applications among several US-based and international patent databases. In the US alone, a patent practitioner must run two separate searches for patent applications and granted patents using the USPTO’s AppFT and PatFT search engines. Internationally, many countries maintain their own patent document databases, making it very difficult for patent practitioners to complete comprehensive patent searches in a reasonable amount of time. Fortunately, there is a single gateway to the world’s largest collection of searchable full-text and bibliographic information in LexisNexis TotalPatent One®. TotalPatent One® patent search software gives users the ability to search over 100 patent authorities simultaneously - granting them access to over 100,000,000 patent documents every time they run a search.

Boolean and Object Search

Boolean operators are the language of the USPTO and most other major patent databases. After all, Boolean patent searches can produce specific, targeted results assuming the proper planning and use of Boolean operators. The downside of Boolean patent searches is that they create an environment where a single typographical or syntax error can obstruct your results. Moreover, proficiency in Boolean patent searches is an art form that many do not have the time or patience to cultivate. While the Boolean search will always have its place in patent prosecution, object searches provide a user-friendly alternative to those with an aversion to the norm. The LexisNexis TotalPatent One object search allows users to select, combine, and search within any number of fields to build an on-point search query with little Boolean knowledge necessary.

Select

Gaining access to relevant patent search results is only step one. The next challenge patent professionals must face is to distill those results into only the patent documents that are most relevant to their particular matter. To address this challenge, TotalPatent One has created an intuitive user interface that allows users to view patent document titles, abstracts, statuses, and clipped front page images right from the results page to easily identify potentially relevant documents. TotalPatent One patent software also provides users with interactive, graphical filters that break down the search results and can be used to filter results until only the most applicable patent documents remain. 

Save

Now that you have the patent documents you have been searching for, it’s time to put them to use. TotalPatent One offers users the ability to gather, sort, and store all of their patent search results in online file folders for later access. When ready, practitioners can then then print their search results or download them as PDFs or a variety of digital formats for easy editing and analysis.

LexisNexis TotalPatent One patent search software is your comprehensive solution for innovative and efficient patent searches. 

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