The search result page is the first page you are taken to on The Lens after making a search. Here you can go through each of the documents that matched your search and investigate them individually or analyse them as a whole. You can also sort and filter your search, allowing you to refine and explore the literature. When you have a set you are happy with you can save your search query or add the patents you’ve found to a personal collection that you can share with others.
For an example of the search page, try this search for malaria patents: https://lens.org/lens/search?q=malaria
Anatomy of the Page
Breadcrumbs & Search Count
At the top of the results page you will see breadcrumbs showing you where you are on the site. When you go to a patent document page you can use these to return to your search. You will also see the total number of results your search returned here along with the total number of patent families returned in brackets. Clicking on the number of patent families will group your search results by simple families, showing only one result from each family. These numbers are very useful when exploring the patent landscape, as it gives you an indication on the scope of the literature across your selected parameters.
Refine Your Search Bar
At the top of the page you will find all the tools you need to refine your search, or make a new one. For more information on our search filters and facets go to the Refine Your Search page.
Main Search Result Panel
The majority of the screen is taken up by the search results panel. By default this panel shows results in the Results Table, but you can change it to Results Summary or Graphical Analysis view using the buttons in the top right. Each of these views allows you to explore your results in a different way, so try and them out and see which suits your purposes best. For more information on each view see:
Within Results Table you can also sort your search (which will also change the order of patents displayed in the Summary View). For more information on sorting your search see the Sort Your Search page.
Quick Analysis & Collection Tools
On the left of any search you will see the quick analysis panel. These charts are the same as those found on the Graphical Analysis tab. You can click the up arrow icon in the top right of each chart to take you to the Graphical Analysis tab, with the chart fully expanded. You can also click on each bar or section of a chart to filter your results to only include those.
Below the main search bar are collection management tools. The “Create Collection” button will add all patents selected (by checking their boxes or using the select all button) to a new, or currently active collection. After creating a collection and naming it, the “Collection Management” panel contains a drop-down list of your collections. Once the desired collection is selected, you can view, edit, and share your collections. Each collection can be expanded by clicking on the arrow and selecting the desired collection, and pressing the view button, and from there you can see its own quick analysis panel and the list of patents in the collection. With the “Collection Management” window you can also see if the collection is currently private and the last time it was updated.
Being able to see quick analysis of a selected collection next to the current search result can be a great way to compare and contrast patent landscapes and can be used to inform further analysis.
Collection & Saved Query Buttons
In the top left of the main search result panel are four buttons. The “+” and “-” buttons each add or remove (respectively) selected patents from your active collection. Note that these also work with the “select all” button on the List View page (the green check mark), but you can not add more than 100,000 documents to a collection. The “Save Query” button allows you to save your search query so you can come back to it later and watch its growth over time. After you save a query you can view it within your workspace (Menu > Saved Queries). The “Group by Simple Families” option will modify your results so they only display one patent from each patent family.
Export Results & Collections
You can export your search results or collections in several formats for use outside of The Lens. See the Export help page for more information.
1. I am after the patent holdings of “Asgrow seed company”. I’m trying to search for patents using the owner or applicant fields.
which result from the searches below is the correct one?
Search 1: 371 (296 families) results for “owner: (Asgrow Seed Company) OR applicant: (Asgrow Seed Company)”
Search 2: Home 301 (282 families) results for “owner: Asgrow Seed Company OR applicant: Asgrow Seed Company”
Search 3: 202542 (92171 families) results for “owner: “Asgrow Seed Company” OR applicant: Asgrow Seed Company”
Search 4: 331 (298 families) results for “(owner: Asgrow Seed Company) OR (applicant: Asgrow Seed Company)”
By default parts of a search are joined together by AND, so you’re correct to use “OR” to connect the two parts of your query. There are some key differences in the way you’re constructing the owner and applicant pieces:
– owner:asgrow seed company is incorrect as in this query only the word asgrow has been applied to the field owner. The other two words have been used to search against any field in a patent, so you will get many more results.
– owner:”asgrow seed company” is looking for patents with that phrase as owner – note that the phrase within the quotes is exact – including ordering, potential misspellings and/or contractions. Use this if you’ve previously seen this owner in the Lens.
– owner:(asgrow seed company) is searching for patents with all of the supplied terms, within the (), matching to the field owner. Remember that pieces are joined with AND, and this applies to words within the () as well. It’s possible to add explicit ORs to expand the scope of your search: i.e. owner:(asgrow seed OR company).
It looks like you know what you’re looking for, but might not know what this company looks like in the Lens. I would write a query like owner:(asgrow seed company) OR applicant:(asgrow seed company). I might also play around with dropping seed and/or company from the owner/applicant to see if there are potential misspellings/contractions in play in the Lens data.
2. How can I search for multiple patents and export the search results?
We have added “Smart” patent number detection in the Lens search index for your convenience, but it only works on one patent number at a time.
If using multiple publication numbers, you can perform advanced search using the pub_num field:
pub_num:(US_1028_A OR US_20150257347_A1 OR….)
Or you can use:
pub_num:(“US 1028 A” OR “US 20150257347 A1” OR “…”)
and once you have the collection, you can save and export or export the documents using the Cloud icon with the pointed arrow upward.