Basic Help

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Hi, how can I share a collection with my colleagues? Answer:  There are three options available to share a patent or a scholarly collection (please see screenshot below) ​With restricted access, only you can link and view that collection.  With limited…

Classification Search

The Patent Classification System can be a confusing and inaccessible in verbose language.  However, the Lens has now enabled exploration based on various patent classification systems;  CPC (201802 version), IPC (20180101 version), and USPC (201502 version).  These files are usually…

Scholarly Search

Since 2014, the Lens has begun offering scholarly works that are disclosed in the global patent literature and in partnership with NIH PubMed, USA and Crossref, UK, the Lens team managed to resolve 47% of such non-patent literature (NPL) by…

Patent Structured Search Page

The Lens gives you a number of ways to hone down a query to help you find exactly what you want. The easiest way is to use the normal search function and to refine your search using the filters available….

The Lens ID

Overview and Usage Every document in the Lens can be located via a 15 digit identifier called a Lens ID. A Lens ID looks like this: 022-382-024-804-703. The identifier is broken into five groups where every 3rd digit is separated…

How Lens Search Works

Searching on The Lens is as easy as typing in a keyword in either the Patent or scholarly search and clicking the “Search” button.   Patent Search and Scholarly Search use the text in the search bar, even if from an…

Search Syntax

Searching The Lens can be done simply by using the search bar or the Structured Search page. After your initial search you can refine your parameters using the various faceted filters available to you. However for users who want to go above…