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Today I’d like to shine the patent search spotlight on a neat touch in PatSnap that may otherwise go unnoticed: thumbnail magnification.
In a recent refresh, the patent search system PatSnap was updated with new features. For an overview of the full system, you can see Intellogist’s Community Report on PatSnap. Since this is a Community Report, Intellogist users can edit this article with new details and their own impressions of the tool. For assistance, see our help article on editing. To get a full rundown of the features straight from the PatSnap, see the informative PatSnap Blog.
So why should you care that PatSnap has thumbnail magnification…and what is that exactly, anyway?
When I say “thumbnail magnification,” I mean that thumbnails accompanying the results in the hit list can by magnified and inspected just by positioning the cursor over a specific point on top of the thumbnail. This is a neat feature because it can quickly allow the user to examine the front page (or in some cases the representative image) for extended classification or drawing detail information. Secondarily, this magnification feature allows more screen space to be devoted to the information packed PatSnap interface, which includes the title, abstract, assignee, ipc class, patent number, filing date, issue date and forward citation information for each record, as well as a faceted search bar on the left-hand side.
This solves the issue I groused about in The Great Wall of Google Patents…if Google were to take a cue from PatSnap and implement a similar solution.
It wouldn’t be effective if the magnification was slow to load or unresponsive to being moved around, but I can say that PatSnap has implemented this aspect with aplomb. Kudos to them!
Have you had any experience with this feature or with PatSnap in general? Let us know in the comments below!
This post was contributed by Intellogist team member Chris Jagalla.