Viewing Claims with the Interactive Claims Viewer

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  1. Conduct a search in PCTFULL, EPFULL, or JPFULL.
  2. Display the retrieved record(s).
  3. Click the patent number, and then select Claims Viewer.


A new tab opens displaying:

  • On the left side: A graphical claims tree depicting the relationships between independent and dependent claims. Clicking a claim in the tree expands any independent claims and highlights the claim text.


  • On the right side:
    • Text for each claim. Clicking the +/- on claim expands/collapses and dependent claim text.


    • Clicking claims text also highlights the claim in the tree.


  • The + and – signs or the mouse scrollwheel may be used to zoom the claims tree in and out; clicking RESET restores the default view.


  • The two panels can be resized with a slider.


Note: You may view claims information in the new tab with/without the session open.

Compare Claims

If there is more than one document available in the domestic family or more than one document in the family has claims, there is a Compare With button. Clicking the button opens a dropdown menu listing the publication numbers available for comparison with the currently displayed document.


Selecting a publication number displays its claims tree in the right-side panel.


Clicking the Graph/Text toggle displays the claim trees or claim text for both documents. In either view, clicking a claim in one panel highlights it in the other.



Both panels have a dropdown menu to select another document.


Clicking the View Single button displays a tree and text view for whatever document is in the left pane.