PatSeer Search Scripting – Progressive Query Formulation Simplifying Your Patent Search Strategy

Search Scripting

Search Scripting facilitates combining different search queries with identifiers assigned to each search query. So, you can prepare the final search strategy in steps, rather than having to formulate the large search in a single go. Each search added to a script is given an identifier and search identifiers can be combined using Boolean operators – AND/OR/NOT in Command Line Search.

The Search Scripts can be seen by checking the Enable Saved Search checkbox on the Search Form page. (Fig. 1)

Fig. 1

After enabling the checkbox for Enable saved Search, a new window – Search Script will open beside the Search Form. (Fig. 2.)

Fig. 2

Search Scripting Procedure:

  1. Enter your Search in Quick Search/Command Line Search/Non-Latin Search Form.
  2. Click/Check the Enable Saved Search checkbox. (Fig. 1.)
  3. You will see that the Search is added to a Search Script that is shown in a separate window on the right. You can pin the “Script” window so that it remains on top always.
  4. The First Search is assigned an identifier ‘L1’. (Fig. 2.)
  5. Further searches that you conduct will be given successive identifiers L2, L3, and so on. (Fig. 2.)
  6. In Command Line Search form, you can now easily use these identifiers to build further queries. For example, you can enter a query like L1 AND L4/L1 OR L4. (Fig. 2.)
  7. After entering the complete query, clicking Get Count/Search button adds the query to the Saved Search Script.
  8. Once you have entered your final query, click on the Search button to jump to the results

A Search Script that you start preparing is by default stored under the name ‘Untitled’. Even if you log out and come back later you will be able to see it under the same name i.e., Untitled. This is like opening a new word document that gives it a default name. You can Rename and save the script as required

Fig. 3

  • To save/rename a Search Script, click on Rename in the Search Script window beside the name of the Search Script. (Fig. 2.)
  • Update Saved Search dialogue box will open. (Fig. 3.)
  • Give the name as required and click the Update button.

Fig. 4

  • All saved search scripts can be seen under the Saved Search tab.
  • Clicking on the name of a search script opens the complete query list performed/saved under that search script in a new window named – Selected Script. (Fig. 4.)
  • Now you can see the complete query in the Search Script view. Further, you can quickly scan through all the Independent/Dependent Search Scripts within the Saved Search. When you do place your mouse over a query, it will show you all the dependent queries. (Fig. 4. – L6 is dependent on L1 and L4 )
  • You can also pin down a particular query to browse its dependents effectively using the red-colored pin next to the query identifier. (Fig. 4. Pin encircled below L6)

Fig. 5

  • You can also add a Comment or a Tag to any search query in the Search Script. (Fig. 4.) Fig. 5.
  • You can also Add a new Search Script by clicking the ‘+’ sign beside the name of a Search Script after enabling the Search Script. (Fig. 5.)
  • Add New Search Script dialogue box will get open. Now add a name and click on the Add button below to add the new Search Script. (Fig. 5.)

You can also refer to our training video on Search Scripting within Online Training Videos-

Important Notes:

  • You can remove an entry from a Search Script. Such an action will also remove any other entries that are dependent on it. For instance, if you remove L1 and let’s say that L5=L1 AND L4 and L6=L1 OR L4, then L5 and L6 both will be deleted. (Fig. 4.)
  • A new Search Identifier will always be one more than the highest search identifier. Deleted search identifiers, lower than the highest one, are not reused in the same script.
  • You cannot combine queries across different search scripts.
  • If you have combined identifiers from the same search script, you would be able to view the query formed along with the script name within Current Search.
  • Search query ID cannot be combined with Script ID in Command Line Search.
  • The proximity operators i.e., ‘w’, ‘wd’, ‘ws’, ‘wp’ cannot be used when searching using Search Script IDs.
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