New features in a patent search system can make you feel like a kid in a candy shop. At least that’s the way we feel here at Intellogist! Professional patent searchers are always looking for the latest edge to make them more efficient and better searchers, while at the same time cutting out some of the tedious tasks that derail them from being 100% productive.
Today we’ll check out some of the features added to PatBase in July, which include several shortcuts, automatically generated forms, improved highlighting and even a whole new tool!
If you follow the PatBase Intellogist Report Major Recent Updates page, you’ll see that the following features were introduced to PatBase in early July:
- ‘Compare’ tool (beta)
- On-the-fly highlighting in full text
- Publish search results from search history
- New improved Export options screen
- New Excel export format (XLSX)
- New IDS Generator
The improved publishing and exporting options are pretty straightforward, so let’s take a look at what the other three improvements have to offer:
The new Compare Tool allows users to overlay two full-text patent documents from the same family, with highlighting and strike-through text denoting additions and subtractions.
This feature is useful to patent searchers attempting to decide which family member is the most representative for their purposes, as an alternative to counting the advanced highlighting hits (and looking at the selected keyword-in-context excerpts). This direct comparison is most likely useful to hone in on small differences between documents that nonetheless may identify a key wording. User controlled highlighting is not available simultaneously within this tool.
On-the-fly highlighting in full text
The advanced highlighting within PatBase is a key feature for patent searchers attempting to scan records in an efficient manner. It allows users to see which keywords are near each other (often signifying an important section) to allow for in-depth analysis. The new “on-the-fly” feature we’re taking a look at here gives users the option of adding words to the highlighting directly from the full-text view, instead of needing to go back into the advanced highlighting editing menu.
Additionally, users can instantly create highlighting or a new keyword-in-context excerpt within the opened document section, or create a shortcut query.
New IDS Generator
The IDS (Information Disclosure Statement) Generator is a neat new tool that allows users to automatically create an editable PDF document in the form of an IDS. To create one, users need only to use the document ordering interface and specify the IDS Generator.
One of the neatest things about the PDF deliverable is that it has special controls for adding or removing rows to the various IDS sections. This can allow users to make modifications after-the-fact without needing to create a new export.
These improvements may not seem monumental, but it’s our experience at Intellogist that some power-users will fall in love with one or more of these types of features and get a lot of use out of them. Cheers to the PatBase team for the implementation!
This post was contributed by Intellogist Team member Chris Jagalla. The Intellogist blog is provided for free by Intellogist’s parent company Landon IP, a major provider of patent searches, trademark searches, technical translations, and information retrieval services.