Quick Tips for Reviewing & Refining Your Prior Art Search

InnovationQ Tips, Intellectual Property Tools

Conducting a patent or prior art search is a process. After your initial query, you typically need to modify your search parameters to fine tune your result set. Here’s how the tools in InnovationQ and InnovationQ Plus can help you evaluate, review and refine your search to get even more relevant results.

Evaluate your search result set

  • Use the relevance curve and star ratings to gauge the precision of your result set
  • Keep checking: as you fine-tune your search, the relevance curve and ratings improve

Review keyword highlighting to understand how the engine is searching

  • Highlight query and concept terms to see the search engine’s algorithm
  • Customize text highlighting settings to refine your search

Customize, add, and modify filters to steer the search engine and narrow results

  • Boolean filters: dates, names, text, IDs/codes, legal/origin
  • Classic syntax filters: text and name fields
  • Caveat: be careful not to eliminate relevant results

Use visualizations to gain insights, and then further refine your search

  • CPC, IPC, account, assignee, and inventor by count or relevance charts and images
  • Publication, application, earliest priority, and term date charts and images
  • Term clouds and term heat maps
  • Collections, country of origin and enforceability visual representations

Continue to review and refine over time

  • Add citations from results
  • Save queries
  • Store in portfolios
  • Share and collaborate

Looking for more ways you can perfect your patent and prior art searches to get the best possible results? Watch our full webinar on Best Practices in Prior Art Search: Reviewing Results and Refining Search.