Report:Patent Analysis Search System/Viewing Results/The Hit List
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|The www.patentanalysis.com search portal has closed as of April 2010. The company is now only providing XML data from the New Zealand IPONZ collection.|
The Hit List
The hit list (or result listing) on PatentAnalysis.com is laid out fairly well and is makes it easy for the user to parse through the presented information. At the top of the list, in large characters, the total number of returned results is displayed, as well as the query that was searched. Also at the top of the list is the orange RSS feed icon which allows the user to save the search as an RSS feed. See the Alerts section for more details. Also in the section of the results list page are the export icons. These icons provide the functionality to export selected documents in Word, Excel, Email, or "Printer Friendly" formats. Users may either select particular documents with the checkboxes to left of the result listings or, if none are selected, all results on the page will be exported. See the Export Functions section for more information concerning these functions.
Basic summary information is listed for each result such as title, patent Number, assignee name, inventor name, application date, and abstract. The results are listed with an alternating gray and white background which makes it easier for the user's eye to quickly scan the list. PatentAnalysis.com does not offer any type of de-duplication feature. Nor is there a feature that allows the user to reduce the results to one member per family.
A de-duplication option would be nice to have on the hit list page, since occasionally the same document will appear from both the INPADOC bibliographic file and the associated full text collection.
Sorting cannot be done from the hit list screen, but is instead selected from the Preferences screen and applied globally. The exception to this is the Quicksearch, for which the sort can be selected on a per-search basis. The available sorting options are: “Latest Patents,” “Earliest Patents,” and “Confidence.” "Confidence" appears to be a type of relevancy ranking. See Weighting and Ranking Features for more information.
Thumbnail images of patent drawings appear within the hit list, but as of the time of this writing, only when searching the New Zealand database do these thumbnails appear. In addition, these drawing thumbnails appear for most, but not all, of the patents in the New Zealand database.