Basic Help

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Using Lens for prior arts search, how do we survey for “A” + “B or C” + “D”.  This is case for someone to have the composition A and “B or C”, and “D”. Answer: The best place to write…

Classification Text Search

The Patent Classification System can be a confusing and inaccessible in verbose language.  However, the Lens has now enabled exploration based on various patent classification systems; CPC, IPC, and USPC.  You can search within the full text of classification definitions…

The Lens ID

Overview and Usage Every document in the Lens can be located via a 15 digit identifier called a Lens ID. A Lens ID looks like this: 022-382-024-804-703. The identifier is broken into five groups where every 3rd digit is separated…

How Patent Search Works

Searching on The Lens is as easy as typing in search queries and hitting search. From there you have numerous options to sort and filter your search to refine your results towards a single result or a collection of documents. Alternatively you can use…

Structured Search Page

The Lens gives you a number of ways to hone down a query to help you find exactly what you want. The easiest way is to use the normal search function and to refine your search using the filters available….

Search Syntax

Searching The Lens can be done simply by using the search bar or the Structured Search page. After your initial search you can refine your parameters using the various faceted filters available to you. However for users who want to go above…