As part of performing patent proofreading, ClaimMaster can check whether acronyms are properly defined and used in your documents. Specifically, you can use ClaimMaster to determine whether acronyms are either (1) not defined or (2) used before being defined.
To check acronyms in your document, perform the following steps:
- Launch Acronym Checking Tool
In ClaimMaster Ribbon, click on the Individual Tools menu, then select Check for Inconsistent Acronyms:
- Review Analysis Results
Review proofreading results in the window that opens up. Please not that ClaimMaster will only recognize acronyms comprised of all capital letters that are defined either immediately before or after the full expression, such as HTML (“Hyper Text Markup Language”) or Transmission Control Protocol (“TCP”).
ClaimMaster will show identified acronyms in the document, along with their definitions, and any issues. The following issues may be identified with the acronym: (1) acronym is not definted, (2) acronym is defined, but used in the acronym form before its defined, and (3) the first letters of the acronym’s definition do not match the abbreviated acronym.
You can also click on the Search online … button to search for the definition of the selected acronym at one of the data sources (acronymfinder.com, Google, and Wikipedia).