Search Tips & Tricks

Search queries

- use "+" icon (present) or "-" icon (absent), instead of boolean operators

e.g. "micro pump analyte -insulin" will return results without "insulin"

- order of words in queries does matter, enter words by decreasing importance

e.g. "screen mouse touch" may impact beam search algorithms and return texts directed towards display devices, at first.

- we automatically search for synonyms, yet the original hyponyms and/or hyperonyms that you indicate may matter

e.g. "display mouse" will be interpreted as "screen mouse", but if you indicate "display input device" at first, you will lead the search more towards system means. In other words, if you are using a combination of Hyperonym (H) and hyponyms (h), like in a query h-H-h-H-H we will rather respect these "levels".

- lemmatization is by default: entering "display" is equivalent to "displaying"; do not use * or #

e.g. "display" may return results with "displayed" or "diplaying"

- focus on essential or distinguishing features

e.g. in a patent claim what would be the 4 to 10 keywords you would select ? Just number them, prioritize and submit them (e.g. 1) robot 2) snake 3) camera 4) sensors or 1) pump 2) insulin 3) screen 4) releasable. The words in your query, in telegraphic style, are the "essential" features you are using in the patent world, the entire "bla-bla" or implicit features being removed. Nouns but also critical verbs action can be entered. Query the couple of words that you would say between two floors in an elevator pitch in order to communicate your invention (e.g. "box animated images display", "telephone voice packet internet distribute", "wheels chassis motor explode", "telephone screen touch", etc). The "glue" (e.g. specific relationships between the words' edges you just entered) will be provided to you and/or can be refined later on.

- skip "empty" words, as well as very frequent words

e.g. words like "method" or "device" can be skipped, as well as very frequent words ("comprising", "adapted", etc)


Search strategies

Depending on your search context (e.g. novelty destruction, inventive step attack, discovery of new inventions, random browsing, etc), you can use different search strategies.

We generally recommend to search first "horizontally" (i.e. among series of cloems) and then "vertically" (i.e. within one series of interest).

In more details, you may first identify one or more relevant members of "series" of cloems first (e.g. one or more "families" of variants derived from given base claims), i.e. cloems presenting the appropriate length and/or interesting sentence structure and/or desired number of steps and/or technical pattern. When appropriate, click on "more like this". Then, you may want to select further words from these interesting families, stabilize the keywords and the numbers thereof and in fine explore a specific series. Upon identification of a relevant cloem, it is very likely that you still can find an even better variant ! At this stage, increase the number of keywords you are using to explore a specific series.

Too much noise ? Be more specific and add some more keywords.

Too little or no results ? Be less specific and remove keywords.

Irrelevant results ? Change keywords.