Improvements to IDS Tools in ClaimMaster 2023

ClaimMaster 2023 introduces many long-awaited IDS tool improvements. It’s now easier than ever to analyze prior art citations and generate completely filled-out IDS forms using public databases.

Import prior art citations from public sources

We now let you import lists of patent and NPL citations directly from the public data sources that store US patents, such as Google Patents, EPO, and Free Patents Online. The import speed is very fast and it works for both patent publications and NPLs. In addition, ClaimMaster can import citations from the Patent Center’s XML documents, although in our recent experience, the data in XML IDS forms is not accurate or complete as pulling the prior art citations from the published patents, but that is the only place where you can get such data before the applications issue as patents.

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Explore prior art citations for applications + families (+Shells)

For other IDS tools improvements, we’ve made it very easy to quickly identify and review all prior art cited in a particular patent family. Just specify a patent or publication number and we’ll generate a list of all IDS citations for that reference or its entire patent family using public databases like Google Patents, EPO, Free Patents Online, and Patent Center. You can also use the same explore tool to import and review citations from local sources, such as directories storing IDS forms. From there, you can export the list or perhaps generate an IDS form for the selected items. This feature is only available with the +Shells add-on.

Compare and cross-cite prior art between patent families (+Shells)

ClaimMaster now also lets you compare IDS cross-sites between entire patent families (both patent pubs and NPLs). Just specify patents or publications and we’ll generate a list of all IDS citations for the entire patent family of each reference. You can then determine which prior art references are either commonly cited in both families or, alternatively, need to be cross-cited and quickly generate IDS forms or export the results for the identified items. This feature is only available with the +Shells add-on.

Click on any topics below to see other improvements, in addition to IDS tools improvements, in this release: