Editing part numbers in the document


ClaimMaster lets you quickly edit part numbers used in the specification. In addition, you can perform various time-saving operations on the used part numbers, such as renumber them, turn-on auto-completion, or insert part numbers into the existing claims.



Getting Started

To edit part numbers in your documents, perform the following steps:


  • In Word 2007 or later - from the ClaimMaster Ribbon, click on the Proofreading Tools menu, then select Check/Edit Part Numbers in Text:



  • In Word 2003 or earlier - from the ClaimMaster toolbar, click on the Proofreading Utilities menu, then select Check/Edit Part Numbers in Text:




Feature Options


Next, switch to "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. The following operations are available from the "Drafting View" of the parts browser:



    1. The table is organized by parts names and their corresponding numbers. You can click on “Part Name” and “Number” headers in each column to sort parts in ascending/descending order based on the part names or numbers. If the claims have been parsed, the “Terms in Claims” column will identify any claims where a particular term is recited.
    2. Pressing this button brings up a dialog that allows you to renumber reference numbers within a specified range. You can specify the starting and ending ranges for part numbers and the desired “step”, which could be either negative or positive number, as explained in more detail here.
    3. Pressing this button will bring up a dialog that will let you bold and/or italicize selected reference numbers in the document, as explained in more detail here.
    4. Pressing this button lets you add part numbers to claims, such as “system (100)”, as explained in more detail here. This is helpful for European patent applications, which often require such numbering.
    5. Checking this box will permit ClaimMaster to update part #s in the document after any changes have been made in the table
    6. Checking this box will enable you to perform auto-completion when typing elements in the specification. To do so, use the following shorthand: “//number”. For example, when you type “//17”, the software will automatically replace “//17” with the corresponding element name + number, such as “mechanical widget 17.”
    7. To edit/add/delete multiple elements in the table at the same time, you can press the "Edit all part #s" button to bring up a text editor where you can edit the text of the entire part table.
    8. Pressing this button will insert the select part and its # into the document at the current location of the cursor.
    9. Pressing this button will export the parts table to a CSV file, in the “part name, part number” format.  Different part names will be separated by new lines.