New Features for PatBase

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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!

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Google Chrome Highlighting Solution: Find Many Strings

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Here at the Intellogist Blog, we are continually intrigued by the pursuit of the best possible prior art searching setup. Part of this setup is determining the best tools to help one’s self accomplish your goal of finding the best prior art, something our parent company Landon IP takes very seriously when doing searches for our clients.

Part of this is finding the best browser for patent searching. A continuation of that pursuit is modifying said browser. Among other options, users can modify their browsers with toolbars (including toolbars for IP professionals) or seek other add-ons or extensions.

One of the most dramatic ways to improve a prior art searcher’s experience is to incorporate keyword highlighting. From the very beginning, we’ve touted highlighting as a way to improve search and found a way to implement more highlighting options. Unfortunately, the add-on highlighted in the previously linked post, Google Toolbar, is no longer supported in the newer versions of Firefox. Additionally, the highlighting within Google Chrome only supports one highlighted keyword at a time.

So, what’s a prior art searcher to do? Find a solution, that’s what! Today I’ll profile a Google Chrome Extension called “Find Many Strings.” This tool presents yet another option in the ever expanding array of search environment personalizations.

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The Problem with Patent Keyword Highlighting

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Highlighting is normally your friend, helping your brain sort through a jumble of words on a whitespace. Plenty of search engines (of any type) have it in some form, some providing more advanced features than others. When you are looking for a few key terms, highlighting can point you instantly to exactly what you are looking for. But what happens when you have a large project that requires grouping features into several different categories?

After ranting a bit about the world of sports, we address this important patent searching issue today!

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A Look Back: PatBase December 2010 Update

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In November 2010 we previewed the incoming PatBase update by looking at some of its new features and designs–for good or for ill. I have been using the final version of the update for the Minesoft and RWS Group created patent search system, and as promised, I’ve got an revised opinion on all the changes. Building a new version of the platform from the ground up has given PatBase the chance to add features while remaining fast and easy to use. Today we’ll look at how these features impact the user experience.

Are you using PatBase? Come tell us about your experience. Even if you’re not, I think you’ll find the conversation lively and interesting as you compare it to your favorite search system!

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Meet the new PatBase

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Update: This post has been edited to reflect that PatBase is jointly operated by Minesoft and RWS Group.

Not the same as the old PatBase, to reverse The Who lyric. Minesoft and RWS Group’s PatBase product has a new preview release that incorporates several new features such as a redesigned user interface, highlighting system, multi-window support and much more.

It’s always exciting to see new developments in products (or see new products, like CPA Global Discover) in the patent search field because it tells me that companies are listening to customers and striving to improve the tools that searchers use every day to make their livelihood. It also tells me that the industry is healthy and competitive, creating a rising tide that lifts all boats in this profession. Coverage continues to broaden and increase in depth across the board and PatBase is no exception. PatBase developers are continuing an ongoing process to include more non-latin full text data such as updating its Korean data to reach back to 2002. Non-latin search is now also possible for certain Thai documents.

The preview of the enhanced PatBase should be active for all users shortly at their preview web address. This is set to go final and live for all users by the end of the year. Read on for our impressions of a few more of the key features!

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Enhance your patent search with additional highlighting

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Keyword highlighting is a very useful feature of many patent search systems allowing users to easily find relevant parts of a patent document. With highlighting, users can scan and see clusters of certain colors together to quickly identify relevant sections of a selected document. Over on Intellogist, you can use the Quick Table Comparison feature to stack patent search systems against each other in many regards to find out which systems have keyword highlighting and which do not. Sometimes, however, the highlighting a given system offers may not be enough for the myriads of keywords, synonyms, and alternatives that crop up. That’s where Google Toolbar can help.
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