Report:PatBase/Search Interface/The Search Forms/Introduction
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The Search Forms: Introduction
1) structured, web based search forms, including:
- a "search form" option, which is the main fielded search form for the product, containing about 17 searchable fields
- a "quick search" form that offers a simplified interface to make quick keyword, assignee or inventor searches less complex
- a "number wizard" which offers a fast way to perform a patent publication/application/priority number search, even if the document number happens to be formatted differently than PatBase's standard formatting,
- a non-Latin text search form
- a chemical synonym search form which queries a chemical name thesaurus and aids the user in crafting a full-text search query for a specific chemical mentioned in patent documents
2) a command line interface that requires the searcher to use special query language
3) a "Visual Explorer" tool, described in the PatBase Manual as a "clustering and visualisation tool offering an instant pictorial view from which you can explore the significance of results according to a breakdown by key criteria of interest, taken from the first 2000 records within a results set." The visual explorer tool is accessed through the "more options" link beside each query in the search history list. This feature is discussed further in the "Analyzing Results" section of the report.
4) According to the PatBase Manual, administrators can create up to 10 customized user fields per PatBase account, and these fields "can be made visible and searchable, if required, to all other PatBase users who have access to the same account." PatBase administrators can search and edit all custom user fields, and non-administrators can search these fields if the administrator has granted them view/edit access. The PatBase Manual illustrates where users can access the Custom User Fields, under the Search option of the floating toolbar. For more information on Custom User Fields, see the "Searchable Datafields" section of this report.
To access the search forms, users can employ the shortcuts built into the system's floating drop-down menu, or use the "Shortcuts" tab on the side menu of the Menu, Search, History, Session, and Order pages. See the figure below for illustrations of these two options.