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Getting Started with the Search
Getting Started with the Search

There are three basic ways to search to meet various needs

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Written by Sakari Arvela
Updated over a week ago

IPRally is a fast and intuitive tool for making novelty searches and invalidation searches, for example. The basic ways of getting started with a search case are explained here:

A. If there is no written material of the invention at hand, building a new search graph may be the way to go. Just type in the key features and arrange them in a technically meaningful order in the graph. For example, the graph below is created by typing "vehicle [enter] engine [enter] cylinder [enter] is arranged non-vertically". Sibling features are added by pressing shift+enter. More keyboard commands are shown here.

B. If you want to invalidate, i.e. search prior art for, an existing patent or patent application, just type in the publication number to the Number Search field. Then select either Full Specification to search the full-text graph for any related Prior Art; All Claims to search the full claims of the publication or Claim 1(etc.) to search via an individual claim to find prior art for a particular claim.

C. To use free text for making the search, you should use the third option available, i.e. the free text field. Claim-type or at least patent-type text is the optimal input, but you can expect good results also with any technical descriptions, like parts of scientific articles or invention notifications. The character limit in the field is 40,000 currently. 

English is the native language of IPRally and optimal as input. German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Finnish and Swedish are supported via machine translation (with a maximum 5000 characters). The translation happens inside IPRally, making it secure.

Finally, press Search patents to see the results



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