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Google Patents Glossary

“About” Link – Located at the bottom of the Google patents homepage, Links to the Google Patents overview page describing search rules.

Google Patents About link

Abstract Search – Searches the abstract of documents using the characters “AB=”. (Did not seem to be working properly at the time of writing)

Google Patents abstract search

ADJ/x Operator – Search operator that favors results with terms that are within x words of one another and in the order specified.

Google Patents ADJ/x operator

“Advanced Search” Link – Link in the Google Patents footers to a blank version of the Google patents ‘Results View.’

Google Patents Advanced search link

AJD Operator – Search operator that favors results with terms that are within 10 words of one another and in the order specified. (10 is presumed based on USPTO practice)

Google Patents ADJ Operator

AJDx Operator – Search operator that favors results with terms that are within x words of one another and in the order specified. (was not working at the time of writing (See ‘ADJ/x Operator’))

Google Patents ADJx operator

AND Operator – Requires search results containing both terms or phrases that were ANDed together.

Application Events – A summary of events related to the application found in the ‘Document Data Box’ in the Google Patents ‘Document View.’

Google Patents Application Events

Applications Claiming Priority Section -A section within ‘Priority and Related Applications’ indicating the full list of later patent applications with a priority claim to the patent application being viewed.

Google Patents Applications Claiming Priority Section

“Around The World” Link – Link to jurisdiction by jurisdiction patent coverage for the Google Patents database found on the Google Patents homepage.

Google Patents "Around The World" Link

Assignee Limit Links Links within the ‘Assignees Tab’ of the ‘Highlight Box’ that further limit the present search string to the listed Assignees. (Owners)

Google Patents Assignee Limit Links

Assignee Search Box Search box in the ‘Search Sidebar’ used to limit search results by an assignee (owner) name.

Google Patents Assignee Search Box

Assignee Tab – A tab within the ‘Highlight Box’ showing the most frequently occurring assignees for a particular Google Patents search result.

Google Patents Assignee Tab

Automatic Highlight – Highlights within the ‘Document View’ that Google Patents automatically adds based on the contents of the ‘Search String.’

Google Patents Automatic Highlight

Back to Results – A link that returns to the ‘Results View’ located in the header of the ‘Document View’ or in the footer of the ‘Search Sidebar.’

Google Patents Back to Results link

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Chemistry Searching – See the Google Patents support documentation: https://support.google.com/faqs/answer/7049475?hl=en&ref_topic=6390989

Child Application – An application that made a direct priority claim to the document being viewed.

Child Application Section – A section within ‘Priority and Related Applications’ indicating the ‘Child Applications’ for the present document.

Google Patents Child Application Section

Cited by – A list of patent documents that cited the document being viewed during the examination of those other patent applications. Viewable in the lower portions of the ‘Document View.’

Google Patents Cited by

Claim Count – The count of the total number of claims in the document found in the ‘Claims Section’ of the ‘Document View.’

Google Patents Claim Count

Claim Search – Searches the claims of documents using the characters “CL=”.

Google Patents Claim Search

Claim Term Highlights – A search and highlight feature available by clicking or highlighting a term or phrase in the ‘Claims Section’ of the ‘Results View.’

Google Patents Claim Term Highlights

Claims – Claims define the extent of the exclusive right of a patent or being sought in a patent application.

Claims Section – A section often on the lower right hand side of the document view (Scrolling may be necessary) containing the ‘Claims.’

Google Patents Claims Section

Classifications – The groupings of related technologies into which various patent offices segregate patents and patent applications.

Concepts – A listing of terms and phrases that were extracted from the relevant document found in the lower portions of the ‘Document View.’

Google Patents Concepts

Concepts Filter – A filtering option to narrow the list of concepts found in the document.

Google Patents Concepts Filter

CPC Limit Links – Links within the ‘CPCs Tab’ of the ‘Highlight Box’ that further limit the present search string to the listed CPC. (patent ‘Classifications’)

Google Patents CPC Limit Links

CPCs Tab – A tab within the ‘Highlight Box’ showing the most frequently occurring CPCs (patent ‘Classifications’) for a particular search result.

Google Patents CPCs Tab

Current Assignee – A listing of Google Patents best record of the ownership of the patent found in the ‘Document Data Box’ in the ‘Document View.’

Google Patents Current Assignee

Date Search Box – Search box in the ‘Search Sidebar’ used to date limit search results by ‘Filing Date, ‘Priority Date’ or ‘Publication Date.’

Google Patents Date Search Box

Date Type Selector – Dropbox in the ‘Search Sidebar’ that selects the type of event that will be searched in a date limited search. The options are a ‘Priority Date Search’, a ‘Filing Date Search’ and a ‘Publication Date Search.’

Google Patents Date Type Selector

Deduplicate by – Option in the ‘Results Header’ allowing the duplicate results to be removed either by ‘Patent Family’ or by publication.

Google Patents Deduplicate by

Discuss Link – A link near the bottom of the ‘Document Data Box’ in the ‘Document View’ that goes to an external public forum discussion for the relevant document.

Google Patents Discuss Link

Document Data Box – The large box with a blue header containing a variety of Applicant Data found in the ‘Document View.’

Google Patents Document Data Box

Document Data Box Arrow – Quick link to return to the ‘Document Data Box’ from various points lower in the ‘Document View’

Google Patents Document Data Box Arrow

Document Link – The link at the top of the ‘Individual Result’ on the ‘Results View’ which is typically the title of the document. The ‘Document Link’ links to the ‘Document View’ for the relevant document.

Document Link

Document Navigation Buttons – The left and right arrow button to the right of the ‘Search Bar’ in ‘Document View’ that switch between documents. (The keyboard left arrow and right arrow buttons do this as well)

Google Patents Document Navigation Buttons

Document Number – The official document identifier for the underlying document displayed in the ‘Document Data Box’ in the ‘Document View.’

Google Patents Document Number indication

Document Snippit – The text excerpt from the original document displayed as part of the ‘Individual Result’ in the Google Patents ‘Results View.’

Google Patents Document Snippit

Document View – The Google Patents view focused on an individual document.

Google Patents Document View

Download PDF – The link in the ‘Document Data Box’ in the ‘Document View’ allowing the download of the underlying document in PDF form.

Download PDF

Download Results – Option in the ‘Results Header’ allowing the search results to be downloaded into CSV format.

Google Patents Download Results

Drawing View – A view focused on the patent drawings

Google Patents Drawing View

EPO – The European Patent Office

Espacenet Link – A link near the bottom of the ‘Document Data Box’ in the ‘Document View’ that goes to the ‘EPO’ record for the relevant document.

Google Patents Espacenet Link

Exact Phrase Search – Searches within quotations return results containing the exact phrase.

Google Patents Exact Phrase Search

External Links Section – A section at the bottom of the ‘Document Data Box’ in the ‘Document View’ that has links to relevant databases that Google Patents gets data from

Filing Date – The actual date a patent application was filed.

Filing Date Search – An option in the ‘Date Search Box’ of the ‘Search Sidebar’ that limits results to patent documents having a patent application ‘Filing Date’ inside of the selected date range.

Google Patents Filing Date Search

Find Prior Art – Link in the ‘Document Data Box’ in the ‘Document View’ that initiates a search for similar content with a ‘Priority Date’ earlier than the ‘Priority Date’ of the document from which the search originated.

Google Patents Find Prior Art

Footer Menu, Main Page -Six links at the bottom of the Google patents main page.

Google Patents Footer Menu

Freeform Text Searching – Search without any Boolean Operators by entering a term or phrase.

Full Window View – A Google Patents view where the results, documents, or drawings utilize the full browser window. (i.e. not ‘Side-By-Side View’)

Google Patents Full Window View

Global Dossier Link – A link near the bottom of the ‘Document Data Box’ in the ‘Document View’ that executes a search in the USPTO global dossier database to find members of the ‘Patent Family.’

Google Patents Global Dossier Link

Graduation Cap Icon – the Graduation Cap Icon appearing on the Google Patents ‘Homepage Search Bar’ which toggles the non-patent literature database on and off.

Google Patents Graduation Cap Icon

Group by – Option in the ‘Results Header’ allowing the results to be grouped by classification.

Google Patents Group by Option

Hide Dependent – Link for hiding dependent claims.

Google Patents Hide Dependent (hide dependent claims)

Highlight Box – A box to the left of or below the search results in the ‘Results View’ showing filing frequencies and breakdowns of the most prominent ‘Assignees,’ ‘Inventors,’ and ‘Classifications.’

Google Patents Highlight Box

Individual Result – The summary result in a search representing a single document.

Google Patents Individual Result

Info Section – A collection of links to other sections of the ‘Document View’ found in the ‘Document Data Box’ of the ‘Document View.’

Google Patents Info Section

Inventor Limit Links Links within the ‘Inventors Tab’ of the ‘Highlight Box’ that further limit the present search string to the listed Inventors.

Google Patents Inventor Limit Links

Inventor Links – Links in the ‘Inventor List’ of the ‘Document Data Box’ in the ‘Document View’ that performs a separate search to find documents with the same inventor

Google Patents Inventor Links

Inventor List – Listing of inventors in the ‘Document Data Box’ in the ‘Document View.’

Google Patents Inventor List

Inventors Tab – A tab within the ‘Highlight Box’ showing the most frequently occurring inventors for a particular search result.

Google Patents Inventors Tab

Inventor Search Box – Search box in the ‘Search Sidebar’ used to limit search results by an inventor name.

Google Patents Inventor Search Box

Language Selection Box – Search box within the ‘Other Restrictions Search Box’ of the ‘Search Sidebar’ used to limit the searches to only documents published in certain languages

Google Patents Language Selection Box

Litigation Selection Box – Search box within the ‘Other Restrictions Search Box’ of the ‘Search Sidebar’ used to limit the searches to only documents with known related litigation or without known related litigation.

Google Patents Litigation Selection Box

Legal Events – A listing of major patent events such as grant, assignment, and fee payments viewable in the lower portions of the ‘Document View.’

Google Patents Legal Events

Light bulb Icon – the light bulb icon appearing on the Google Patents ‘Homepage Search Bar’ which toggles the patent database on and off.

Google Patents Light bulb Icon

Metadata Restrictions – limit searches based on certain document data fields:

Google Patents Metadata Restrictions

Minus Sign – By including the minus sign in a search a term can be removed from the search

Google Patents Minus Sign (for NOT searching)

NEAR Operator – Search operator that favors results with terms that are within 10 words of one another. (10 is presumed based on USPTO practice)

Google Patents NEAR Operator

NEAR/x Operator – Search operator that favors results with terms that are within x words of one another.

Google Patents NEAR/x Operator

NEARx Operator – Search operator that favors results with terms that are within x words of one another.

Google Patents NEARx Operator

Non-Patent Citations – A list of non-patent documents cited in the examination of the relevant application viewable in the ‘Document View.’

Google Patents Non-Patent Citations

OR Operator – Requires search results to contain one or the other of the terms or phrases that were ORed together

Other Restrictions Search Box – Search box in the ‘Search Sidebar’ used to limit search results by Patent Office, Language, Status, Type, and Litigation.

Google Patents Other Restrictions Search Box

Original Document Link – The link having the document number as the text of the link which links to the official publication. Found in the ‘Individual Result’ in the ‘Results View’ of Google Patents.

Google Patents Original Document Link

Patent Family – A group of patent applications with a common inventor and common subject matter.

Patent Office Selection Box – Search box within the ‘Other Restrictions Search Box’ of the ‘Search Sidebar’ used to limit the searches to one or more Patent Offices.

Google Patents Patent Office Selection Box

Publication – A document that may be a granted patent or a patent application publication.

Parent Application – An application to which the current document’s patent application made a direct priority claim.

Parent Applications Section – A section within ‘Priority and Related Applications’ indicating the ‘Parent Applications’ for the present document.

Google Patents Parent Applications Section

Patent Application Number Searches – Patent application number searches can be done by entering the patent application number:

Patent Application Number Searches

Patent Citations – A list of patent documents cited in the examination of the relevant application viewable in the ‘Document View.’

Google Patents Patent Citations

Patent Number Search – Patent number searches can be done by entering the Patent Document Number:

Google Patents Patent Number Search

Patent Publication Search – Patent publication searches (Pre-Grant Publications) can be done by entering the Patent Document Number:

Google patents Patent Publication Search

Pencil Icon – Pencil icon near the top of the ‘Results View’ which reveals the ‘Search Sidebar.’ The pencil icon is present only when the ‘Search Sidebar’ is hidden.

Google Patents Pencil Icon

Priority and Related Applications– A section in the lower portions of the ‘Document View’ containing subsections including ‘Parent Applications,’ ‘Child Applications,’ and Priority Applications’

Priority Application – An application to which the current document’s patent application made a priority claim.

Priority Application Section – A section within ‘Priority and Related Applications’ indicating the ‘Priority Applications’ for the present document.

Google Patents Priority Application Section

Priority Claim – A claim in a patent application seeking credit for an earlier filing date associated with another application.

Priority Date – The date a patent application was filed or the date an earlier patent application was filed in cases where the patent applicant claims benefits from that earlier application.

Priority Date Search – A search that limits results to patent documents having a priority date inside of the selected date range.

Google Patents Priority Date Search

Proximity Operators – Operators including NEAR, NEARx, NEAR/x, NEAR/xw, WITH, SAME, AJD, AJDx, ADJ/x, and +xw boost certain results higher in the search results but do not exclude based on proximity.

Publication Date – The date a patent application was published for public view by a Patent Office. Often 18 months after the filing date.

Publication Date Search – A search that limits results to patent documents having a ‘Publication Date’ inside of the selected date range.

Privacy Policy Link – Link in the Google Patents footers to the Google privacy policy.

Google Patents Privacy Policy Link

Public Datasets Link – Link in the Google Patents footers to the Google cloud platform page describing datasets used in Google Patents.

Google Patents Public Datasets Link

Quotation (“”) search – see ‘Exact Phrase Search’

Result Count – The count or estimation of the number of results within the ‘Results Header’ in the ‘Results View.’

Google Patents Result Count

Results Header – The header on the ‘Results Page’ providing several options for sorting and viewing results.

Google Patents Results Header

Results / Page – Option in the ‘Results Header’ allowing the display of different numbers of results per page.

Google Patents Results / Page

Results View – The page where Google Patents search results are displayed.

Google Patents Results View

Results View Footer – A footer in the ‘Results View’ for navigating the search results.

Google Patents Results View Footer

SAME Operator – Search operator that favors results with terms that are within 200 words of one another.

Google Patents SAME Operator

Search Bar – The search bar on the Google Patents home page and on the top of the ‘Results View.’

Google Patents Search Bar

Search Sidebar – The left-hand sidebar in the ‘Results View’ used to refine search results.

Google Patents Search Sidebar

Search Terms Question Mark – the circled question mark icon at the top of the ‘Search Sidebar’ that creates a pop-up scroll describing basic rules Google Patents uses to interpret ‘Search Strings.’

Google Patents Search Terms Question Mark

Search String – The sequence of characters appearing in the ‘Search Bar’ that determines the scope of the search.

Google Patents Search String

Search Terms “X” Icon – The “X” icon in the ‘Search Sidebar’ on the
‘Search Results Page’ that closes the ‘Search Sidebar.’

Google Patents Search Terms "X" Icon

“Send Feedback” Link – Link in the Google Patents footers to report errors and suggestions to the Google Patents team.

Google Patents "Send Feedback" Link

Side-By-Side View – A two panel viewing option which may be selected from the ‘Results Header’ when in ‘Full Window View.’ There are three types of ‘Side-By-Side View’ (Results-Document, Results-Drawings, and Document-Drawings)

Google Patents Side-By-Side View

Side-By-Side View, Results-Document –A two panel viewing option which may be selected from the ‘Results Header.’

Google Patents Side-By-Side View, Results-Document

Side-By-Side View, Results-Drawings –

Google Patents Side-By-Side View, Results-Drawings

Side-By-Side View, Document-Drawings – A ‘Side-By-Side View’ with the document details on the left and the ‘Drawing View’ on the left.

Google Patents Side-By-Side View, Document-Drawings

Similar – Link in the ‘Document Data Box’ in the ‘Document View’ that initiates a separate search for documents similar to the present document.

Google Patents Similar

Similar Documents – A listing of documents Google Patents has evaluated as similar found in the lower portions of the ‘Document View.’

Google Patents Similar Documents Section

Sort By – Option in the ‘Results Header’ allowing the results to be sorted by relevance or age.

Google Patents Sort By

Status Selection Box – Search box within the ‘Other Restrictions Search Box’ of the ‘Search Sidebar’ used to limit the searches to only granted patents or only application publications.

Google patents Status Selection Box

Suggestion Icon – Icon which appears in certain search fields to provide suggestions when clicked.

Google Patents Suggestion Icon

Synonym Box – The box in the ‘Search Sidebar’ where synonyms can be grouped in a search query.

Google Patents Synonym Box

“Terms” Link – Link in the Google patents footers that accesses the Google terms of service.

Google Patents "Terms" Link


Type Selection Box – Search box within the ‘Other Restrictions Search Box’ of the ‘Search Sidebar’ used to limit the searches to only granted patents (meaning utility patents) or granted design patents.

Google Patents Type Selection Box

Title – The title of the document as typically seen at the top of the content in the ‘Document View’ and as the top of each result in the ‘Results View.’

Title Search – Searches the title field of documents using the characters “TI=”.

Google Patents Title Search

USPTO – The United States Patent and Trademark Office

USPTO Assignment Link – A link near the bottom of the ‘Document Data Box’ in the ‘Document View’ that executes an assignment search in the USPTO assignment database

Google Patents USPTO Assignment Link

USPTO Link – A link near the bottom of the ‘Document Data Box’ in the ‘Document View’ that goes to the USPTO full text record for the relevant document.

Google Patents USPTO Link

Wildcards – Characters that can represent other characters within a word. The wildcards are ?, *, $, $x, and #.

Worldwide Applications – A listing of related applications in various jurisdictions in the ‘Document Data Box’ in the ‘Document View.’ Hover for application details. Click to see document details.

Google Patents Worldwide Applications

WITH Operator – Search operator that favors results with terms that are within 20 words of one another. (was not working properly at time of writing)

Google Patents WITH Operator

# Wildcard – Wildcard used to replace exactly one character.

Google Patents # Wildcard

$ Wildcard – Wildcard used to replace any number of characters including zero characters.

Google Patents $ Wildcard

$x Wildcard – Wildcard used to replace between zero and x characters.

Google Patents $x Wildcard

 * Wildcard – Wildcard used to replace any number of characters including zero characters.

Google Patents * Wildcard

? Wildcard – Wildcard used to replace either zero or one character

Google Patents ? Wildcard

+xw Operator – Search operator that favors results with terms that are within x words of one another and in the order specified.

Google Patents +xw Operator

/xw Operator – Search operator that favors results with terms that are within x words of one another.

Google patents /xw Operator