Features & Tools: FAQ

  1. Do I need to have any special browser plug-ins to use your tools?

  2. Why isnít the citation mapping button on my result set?  Where is it?

  3. Are watched record trigger events tied into the PAIR database with notification based upon different stages of prosecution?

  1. Is topographical mapping included in Thomson Innovation?

  2. How often is corporate tree updated?

  3. Can I map literature citations?

  4. Can I assign a weighted value to my highlighting terms in a result set?

  5. I have highlighting turned on, but I donít see anything highlighted on my result set.  What is the problem?

  6. I have my result set (or record view), but I forgot to set up my highlighting.  Do I have to go back and do my search over again to get highlighting?

  7. Can I create a work file from a patentís family members without having to pull up each of the records and add them to a work file one-by-one?

  8. I must not understand how the merge work file feature works, I keep getting zero results.  What am I doing wrong?

  9. What is the difference between refining a search and filtering a search?  I see both buttons on my result set and donít know which to use.

  10. Which features are available with which content types?

 

  1. Do I need to have any special browser plug-ins to use your tools?

Thomson Innovation uses JavaScript in many places.  But the latest versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Netscape enable JavaScript as a default setting, so there should be no problem as long as you have a fairly up to date browser installed.

Citation mapping is the only tool that requires a plug-in, you will need to have the most current version of the Java runtime environment (JRE) and browser plug-in on your system in order to display the citation maps.  See the Checking Your Java Capabilities section of the citation mapping help for more information.  FIND OUT MORE about system requirements

  1. Why isnít the citation mapping button on my result set?  Where is it?

Citation mapping shows you the forward and backward citations for a given record, so it is done at the record view level, not the result set level.  You access citation mapping from the Citation Map button on the toolbar on a record view.  FIND OUT MORE about citation mapping

  1. Are watched record trigger events tied into the PAIR database with notification based upon different stages of prosecution?

No, watched record notifications are not tied to the USPTO PAIR (Patent Application Information Retrieval) database.  Watched records are triggered when data is added to our patent database by one of the patent authorities or INPADOC.  Specifically when legal status data, post-issuance events, presence of a granted patent, or new citations or family members appear in the database.  FIND OUT MORE about watched records

  1. Is topographical mapping included in Thomson Innovation?

Topographical mapping is not included in Thomson Innovation at this time, we plan to add this feature in a future release.

  1. How often is corporate tree updated?

Corporate tree data is updated monthly.  FIND OUT MORE about corporate tree

  1. Can I map literature citations?

Initially, citation mapping is only available for patent citations.  We do, however, have mapping of literature citations planned for a future release.

  1. Can I assign a weighted value to my highlighting terms in a result set?

No, not at this time.  We will consider adding it in a future release depending on demand from our customers.  We encourage you to use the Feedback link to initiate a conversation with us about how we can help you be more productive and more successful.  The Feedback link is in the footer on every page of the website as well as in the left navigation panel under the Support heading.  FIND OUT MORE about highlighting

  1. I have highlighting turned on, but I donít see anything highlighted on my result set.  What is the problem?

In order to see highlighting on your result set, the term you searched for must appear in a field that is visible from your results set.  But that still does not always guarantee that you will see highlighting on your result set.  

For example, you may want to search for records showing a certain scientist as inventor.  In order to see that inventorís name highlighted on your result set, first you need to review your result set Display and Sort options to make sure that the Inventor field displays on your result set.  But, when there are multiple inventors, only the inventor listed first is shown on the result set (that principle applies to all results with multiple entries, like Assignee, ECLA, and others).  So, that scientistís name may be in the record view (and it will be highlighted in the record view), but you still will not see it in your result set.  FIND OUT MORE about highlighting

  1. I have my result set (or record view), but I forgot to set up my highlighting.  Do I have to go back and do my search over again to get highlighting?

No.  There is a Highlight link at the top of the result set that lets you add or change highlighting for the current result set.  You can also add highlighting for terms that were not search terms.  

And there is a Highlight link at the top of a record view that gives you the option to make those same changes at a record view level.  FIND OUT MORE about highlighting

  1. Can I create a work file from a patentís family members without having to pull up each of the records and add them to a work file one-by-one?

Yes, you can.  From a patent record view, click the expand tool to expand the family or the family, as shown following.

Once the family has been expanded, you will see the View as Result Set button (as shown following).  Click the button to view the family as a result set.  Then simply save the result set as a work file.

FIND OUT MORE about result sets

  1. I must not understand how the merge work file feature works, I keep getting zero results.  What am I doing wrong?

You may be using the wrong operator when setting up your merge.

AND gives you a merged set of all the records in work file x which are also in work file y.  So the work files you have chosen to combine must have records in common in order for a merge using AND to give you other than zero results.  Think of this operation as one that shows you the intersection of the two sets of records.

The OR operator gives you a set of all the records in work file x or in work file y, minus duplicates. So the new merged set will be all the records in work file x plus all the records in work file y, but not the records that are in both x and y.

You can also optionally exclude the records of a third work file Ė you can do this when using AND or OR.  FIND OUT MORE about work files

  1. What is the difference between refining a search and filtering a search?  I see both buttons on my result set and donít know which to use.

Your result set has both a Refine Search panel and a Filter Results panel that can be displayed by clicking the words ďRefine SearchĒ or ďFilter ResultsĒ or the double carrots preceding the words.

The Filter Results panel contains one function.  It allows you to do a subsearch your existing result set using top-ranking results popular fields provided in easy to use scroll box format.  When filtering, you get a new result set.

Filtering of results is done in the following manner.

A subsearch of your result set using your own criteria can be done from the Refine Search panel.

The Refine Search panel has three functions:

In all Filter and Refine operations, you get a new result set and your original (or immediately preceding) result set is gone.  Remember though, you can go to your search history page and rerun your search or you can go back to your result set through use of the breadcrumb dropdown on every page.  

  1. Which features are available with which content types?

Feature

Content Type

 

Patents

Literature

Business

Alerts

Yes

Yes

Yes

Charts

Yes

Yes

No

Citation Mapping

Yes

No

No

Corporate Tree

Yes

No

No

Document Delivery

Yes

No

No

Exports & Reports

Yes

Yes

Yes

Highlighting

Yes

Yes

Yes

Marked List

Yes

Yes

Yes

Saved Searches

Yes

Yes

Yes

Search History

Yes

Yes

Yes

Watched Records

Yes

No

No

Work Files

Yes

Yes

Yes