Patent viewer

Use the Patent Viewer to review patent text, figures, and drawings. To open a patent in the viewer, click a row in the patent list. Use the concept and section relevancy scores as a guide to reviewing the most pertinent documents to your search.

Patent Viewer

This page contains the following information:

Saving the patent to the Saved list

To save a patent to the Saved list, click the Save Patent button.

Save Patent Button

To unsave a patent and remove it from the Saved list, click the Unsave Patent button.

Unsave Patent

Toggle directory

Click the Toggle directory icon to show or hide a menu of the patent contents. Click any menu item to jump directly to the item in the patent.

Expand Tree View

Open PDF

To open the patent in its original PDF format, click the Open PDF icon. The patent opens in your default PDF reader. From here, you can use the reader's tools to view and save the file.

Save as PDF

Opening a patent in a new window

To open the patent in a new window, click the Open in New Window icon. From here, you can toggle between the Figures viewer and the Patent viewer.

Open Patent in New Window

Highlighting snippets

Use the Highlight radio buttons to control how snippets appear in the Patent Viewer.

Highlight Mode

  • Select Highlight > One to highlight a selected snippet in the viewer.
  • Select Highlight > All to highlight all of a patent's snippets in the viewer.
  • Select Highlight > None to turn off snippet highlighting.

Viewing cited patents

To open the citation viewer, click the Cited Patents icon located at the bottom of the Patent Viewer screen.

Cited Patents Icon

There are two options for viewing cited documents:

  • Cited Patents (or backward citations)
  • Cited By (or forward citations)

Click the Patent Number to open the file in the Patent Viewer. Or, click the Open Patent in New Window icon (next to the Patent Number) to open it in a separate window.

Figures toggle

Click the Figures toggle to open the figures viewer. The figures viewer displays all images related to the patent. Click an image to open it in the central pane. Click the image in the central pane to zoom in or out. Use the rotation toggles in the upper left corner of the viewer to rotate the image.

Saving and annotating content from the Patent Viewer

You can save content as a snippet directly from the viewer. Use the following steps to save a new snippet, add notes, and link the snippet to concepts and sections:

  1. From the Patent Viewer, click and drag your mouse over the text you want to save as a snippet.
    When you release the mouse, a modal window opens.

  2. Enter your notes into the field below the Notes tab.

    Entering Snippet Notes

  3. Click the Concepts tab to link the snippet with a concept or section. Check or uncheck the boxes next to a concept or section to link or unlink the selected text.
    Associating Concepts

  4. Click Save to save the text as a snippet. Click Copy to clipboard to copy the text to your computer's clipboard. The content is then available to paste into other applications outside of Relativity Patents.
    Save Snippets

    Note: Snippets added manually do not have relevancy scores. The background color defaults to yellow if you do not link the snippet to a concept or section.
    Snippet with no relevancy score