How to Properly Search

First thing's first, head over to the Search tab to get started.

When you land on the search page, you will see a right sidebar appear with various different options. You can search a search box, where you'll input your first keyword, an area where your recent searches are, and a history tab to look at all of your searching history within the current project. The Primary Keyword is the overarching keyword that encompasses the rest of your keywords. You want this to be broad and included in all of your results. There are a few things you should know about typing in keywords, and how to get the most use out of them.

  • Exact matching. Put a phrase in quotes to search for an exact match.
    • Example: "solar panel"
  • Excluding terms. Put a "-" (hyphen) in front of a word or phrase to exclude it from a search.
    • Example: coffee -mug
  • Combining searches. Use "OR" or ";" (semicolon) to join two searches together.
    • Examples: iron OR steelpen; pencil
  • Wildcards. Use the "*" character as a placeholder for unknown values.
    • Example: portable *

Once you decide on your first keyword, you then should think about filtering. Click the dropdown area next to the keyword text box to access filters. This is especially useful if you want to search all patents from a specific inventor, assignee, or CPC. Use "*" as the keyword, and fill in the filters as needed.

Keep in mind that it's important to be as specific as possible with your additional keywords so that the data that the Venn diagram presents, is most accurate to your idea or the market you're researching. We recommend starting with at least three keywords, as seen in the screenshot below.

Keep in mind, the keywords in the screenshot aren't entirely that specific. You can and should go more in depth. At the bottom of the diagram, you can see how many results turned up for each keyword. For example, our primary keyword, camera, returned 243,377 results. You may find it hard to sort through all of that. Based off the Venn diagram though, you can see that we can start to draw some conclusions. You can see where there's overlap and saturation, and where there might be some critical whitespace in the market. 

Again, if you're looking to filter those keywords down, you're able to click the little dropdown arrow next to each keyword to search by inventor, active status, application status, and so much more.

From there, you're able to hover over a dot to see the name of the patent, and click on it to get more in depth data on it, including patent drawings.

That's searching on LOCI Search. Feel free to reach out with any additional questions!

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