I should like to hear about the experience of other users with custom-defined fields, both in Thomson Innovation and in Patbase.
I find that both systems are slow, i.e. it can take up to a minute before fields have been edited and stored. Thomson often gives error messages, mainly in situations where user fields in a number of records are to be changed. Patience absolutely helps here!
Still, it is a very useful tool when indexing manually a not too large set of patents (maybe up to 500)e.g. for more refined statistics (e.g. making a2- or even 3-dimensional matrix).
The new simultaneous 5-folder storage of Patbase is a real bonus, but does not allow a very refined classification of documents. On the other hand, it is practically instaneous.
Again, tricks and tips or other input from my colleagues would be appreciated.