Summary Tab

Each document’s summary tab is the landing page for information about that document. The summary tab presents a quick extracted view of some of the most important pieces of information of the document.

Example Page: https://lens.org/lens/patent/US_2010_0183679_A1

Anatomy of the Page

Add Notes Buttons

Throughout the page there are various paperclip icons, these allow you to add and view context-specific notes on the document. You can also view these notes on the notes tab of that document. All notes you make are personal and cannot be seen by other users.

Breadcrumbs

At the top of the page you will see breadcrumbs showing you where you are on the site. If you got to this document through a search you can use these to return to that search page.

Tabs

Just below the breadcrumbs you will find the various tabs for exploring the document. They are:

  • The Summary Tab – Contains key information about the document.
  • The Full-Text Tab – Contains full OCR’d text from the patent where available.
  • The Citations Tab – Contains citations both to and from this document.
  • The Family Information Tab – Contains information about this document’s simple family.
  • The Sequences Tab – Contains all sequences declared within this document.
  • The Legal Information Tab – Contains all legal information associated with this patent via OPS.
  • The Notes Tab – Contains all of the notes you have added to this patent.

Some of these tabs will not appear when there is no information displayed within them. For example, patents that do not declare sequences will not have a sequences tab.

Title Bar

The title bar for each document describes its key information.

At the top is the document’s title.

About Titles: The title of a patent does not need to describe what the patent is about with any degree of specificity. For example, US Patent Number 6,875,872 is simply titled “Compounds.” Because of this, people who work with patents almost always refer to patents by number, as it is the only consistent way to identify a patent.

To the left of the title are “+” and “-” buttons which allow you to add or remove this patent from the currently active collection.

Below the title are a number of statistics about the document:

To the right is the document’s Lens ID, patent number, jurisdiction, and document type.

About Document Numbers: Both patent applications and granted patents are numbered. Numbers are assigned by the national or international office that grants the patents. For example, US patent application number 07/447,976 eventually became US Patent Number 5,268,463.

Abstract

The abstract of the document (ie. a summary of it) is displayed if it is available in our database. Search terms found in this text will be highlighted in red.

Claims

The claims of the document are listed here for viewing. Search terms found in this text will be highlighted in red.

Applicants

The applicants for this patent are displayed here. Hovering over an applicant name will give you two options: you can filter your current search to only include documents where this applicant is listed, or you can create a new search for all patent documents with this applicant.

About Applicants: The “applicant” is the person and/or entity that submits a patent application to a national or international patent office. Applicants are typically the inventors along with the institution that sponsored the research, such as the university or company for which one or more of the inventors work. In the US, the applicant must be an inventor, but this is not true in most other jurisdictions.

Inventors

The applicants for this patent are displayed here. Hovering over an applicant name will give you two options: you can filter your current search to only include documents where this applicant is listed, or you can create a new search for all patent documents with this applicant.

About Inventors: The inventor of a patent is legally determined. For example, in the United States, an inventor is someone who made a contribution to the conception of the invention. See Who Is An Inventor? for more information.

IPC Classifications

The IPC classifications this document has been classified under are listed here. Hovering over a classification number will give you two options: you can filter your current search to only include documents which have this classification, or you can create a new search for all patent documents with this classification.

US Classifications

The US classifications this document has been classified under are listed here. Hovering over a classification number will give you two options: you can filter your current search to only include documents which have this classification, or you can create a new search for all patent documents with this classification.

Document History

On the right hand side of the document’s result box is the document history. This section displays the publication date / document number, application date / document number, and priority date/ document number.

Document Preview

Below the document history is the document preview, shown when a preview is available. By clicking on a page shown in the document preview you can browse through the original patent document in image form.

Quick Analysis & Collection Tools

On the left of the screen are the quick analysis and collection management tools also seen on the search results page. For more information on these tools see the section on our Result Page article.

Collection Management Tools

On the left hand side of the summary tab below the breadcrumbs you will find the collection management tools. You can create a collection, and then add and remove patents from various collections from this window using the “+” and “-” buttons as well as select different collections.

Document Notes

Below the collection management tools is the document notes window. You can add more notes which will be displayed on the left hand side.