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Quick start guide to graph searching
Quick start guide to graph searching

Upgrade your search skills with IPRally's easy graph AI method

Sakari Arvela avatar
Written by Sakari Arvela
Updated over a week ago

This guide contains the essentials to start utilizing IPRally in your regular patent search workflows.

Step 1: Take off your "Boolean hat"

IPRally is not Boolean, so let's forget the traditional way....

... and start thinking more about technology - in the form of graphs:

A knowledge graph (the thing at the bottom left above) is a decomposition of technical features in a logical order: like a feature chart of a claim.

We have trained the AI to convert technical texts (like patent claims and descriptions) into graphs and to interpret the graphs to find similar technologies. Trust us - we use AI training data provided by the best professionals in the field: thousands of qualified patent attorneys and examiners. You don't need to care about synonyms etc - we (and these guys) have done that for you. You focus on defining the attributes of the technology: key features and their relationships.

Step 2: Start your first search

There are three quick ways to start your search in IPRally:

  1. Build the graph yourself using a graph editor (it's a bit like claim drafting). That's very handy for

    1. Quick novelty and patentability searches

    2. Quick FTO searches

  2. Use a patent publication number as the starting point. That's ideal for

    1. Invalidity searches

    2. State of the art searches around some topic described in a patent

  3. Use free text. Yes, you can just copy-paste to IPRally whatever you have at hand:

    1. Invention disclosure

    2. Claim (draft)

    3. Abstract

    4. Scientific article

Just type it in and hit the search button:

Graph search:

Publication number search with full specification / claim selection:

Free text search - the text will be automatically converted to a graph:

Step 3: Analyse the results

After hitting the search button, the AI does its magic and you'll get the search results in a few seconds.

We have made analysis of the results as easy as possible, by:

  • Extremely fast user interface that can be configured to show just the relevant matter.

  • AI based document highlights that take you quickly to the relevant sections of the results.

  • A convenient image mosaic view either directly in the result list or in a separate window.

  • Figures provided with part names to avoid going back and forth between the text and drawings.

  • Exports in XLSX and PDF formats, with bibliographic data, abstracts and first page images.

Step 4: Improve the results

You can just take the results that the AI provides, without bothering about graphs of filters. However, we have built a few handy features that help you to take the maximum out of the system:

Zoom to Favorites

This feature allows you to mark the best hits with a heart symbol πŸ’š and ask the AI to identify more hits that are similar to the favorites. Just find a few close-by documents and iterate.

Editing the graph

While the AI is pretty good both at building and interpreting the graphs, it sometimes makes sense to improve the graph a bit to make the search task easier. There are a few keyboard commands that allow complete manipulation of the graph: adding features and moving them around in the hierarchy.

Using the filters

IPRally is not Boolean, but it has a full set of Boolean filters to facilitate quick searching. The filters narrow down the results provided by the AI. You surely know how to use them.

Read more about the filters in this article.

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