Tutorial – Editing and Auto-Completing Part Names During Patent Drafting
ClaimMaster enables you to detect part names and numbers in the specification, edit them, and also to use auto-complete to quickly enter part names when drafting a new patent application.
Follow these steps to edit part names/numbers in the specification and enable auto-complete of part names.
- Launch Part Number Editing Tool
From the ClaimMaster tab, click on the Individual Tools menu, then select Check/Edit Part Numbers in Text:
This will start the parsing process during which ClaimMaster will go through the document identifying part names and numbers.
- Switch To Drafting View
In the window that shows up on the right side of the screen, switch to the Drafting View. The “Drafting View” in the dialog that comes up. The “Drafting View” lets you create a dictionary of reference terms and add them to the document as you type.
Doing so will present you with a table view of the listed parts, whether they appear in claims and/or figures. By right-clicking on the table, you’ll bring up a menu allowing you sort the table by part names/numbers in ascending/descending order.
You will notice that the Drafting View has many functions, such as exporting part numbers/names to CSV format, renumbering part numbers, inserting part numbers into claims, and also bold/italicizing part numbers in the specification.
- Edit Part Names/Numbers (Optional)
To make edits to all part names/numbers at the same time, click on the Edit All Part Numbers button, which will bring up a text window allowing you to edit once, as shown below. Once you are done, click “Save Edits“.
- Enable Auto-Complete of Part Numbers
To enable auto-complete of part names in the specification, check the “Use auto-complete in text” checkbox.
Enabling this box will allow you to perform auto-completion when typing elements in the specification. This is helpful to speed up drafting, especially if you have many long part names.
To use auto-complete, type in “//” followed by a part number and press space. For example, when you type “//212” and press space, the software will automatically replace “//212” with the corresponding element name + number in the open Word document, such as “digital channel measurement block 212.”
- Adding Parts to Auto-Complete Table (Optional)
In addition, you can simply copy & paste a list of part names and numbers into the auto-complete table. This will allow ClaimMaster to provide you with a list of suggestions for the completion of the part number as you are typing it based on its name, rather than based on the part-number \\ shorthand.