My Session

Search history introduction

The search history gives queries and their results from your current login based on the collections searched. A tab named “Fulltext merged in Families (FamPat)” is created when you search in FamPat collection,    “Search by Patent (Fullpat)” when searching in Fullpat and “Fulltext publication” when searching in Fulltext. These three tabs are detailed respectively in following points 2, 3 and 4. 


The Search step column indicates the number of your query. 200 queries can be searched in one session.

The Results column displays the number of records per query.

The Query column displays your search query in command language. Depending on whether you are searching from the general search page, the number search assistant, or the citation search assistant, the assistant’s name will be displayed in the Assistant column.

The Source column indicates the name of the collection or database searched.

From the Action column, depending on the query type, you may:

Show results: Takes you to the results page. View the results of a previous search without having to re-execute the search or view the results if you have chosen in your user settings to go directly to Search history -“After search, show history”.

Modify: Takes you to the assistant/wizard from which the query was made. You can then edit your search.

Save: Save the search query or step. You are then taken to the saved search page. Saved searches are available under: My Searches > My saved searches.

Alert: Create alert with the search query. The combined queries are also saved in the alert. Alerts are available under : My Searches > My alerts.

Delete: Delete one or more search queries or steps. The number of queries is limited to 200 per session and per collection, so it may be helpful to delete obsolete queries. Deleted search queries are available in the Previous History (Past Session section).

FamPat search history

FamPat search histories are displayed in a tab titled “Fulltext merged in Families (FamPat)”. A line appears under a search step if you select/deselect Fulltext sources in FamPat collection.

CONNECT USPAT USAPPS USPATOLD LGST: all Fulltext sources are unselected. The search looks in the Fullpat collection (bibliographic data) in the Famdesc database (which includes information about families: FAN, NPN, etc.), the Patabs database (key content), and the LGST database (legal status).

CONNECT  FULLPAT FAMDESC PATABS USPAT USAPPS USPATOLD LGST: Only full-text American databases are selected. The search also looks in Fullpat, Famdesc, Patabs, and Lgst.

DECONNECT CNFULLA CNFULLU CNFULLC: all Chinese Fulltext sources are deselected. The search looks in Fullpat, Famdesc, Patabs, and Lgst, and the other Fulltext sources.

CONNECT ALL: all Fulltext sources are selected. This message follows a previous deselection of one or several Fulltext sources.

After grouping using extended families from your hit list, the Results column indicates how many FamPat families are in your extended families. The number of extended families is indicated in parentheses in the Query column. Only the Delete action is available.

Viewing a list creates a question in the history. The Query column indicates the list’s name. The actions View Results, Alert, and Delete are available.

Fullpat search history

Fullpat search history is displayed in the following tab “Bibliography by country (Fullpat)”

Fulltext search history

Fulltext search history is displayed in the following tab “Fulltext publication”.

The Source column indicates the name of Fulltext sources searched and the corresponding number of results.

A line appears under your search step if you select/deselect sources.

CONNECT CNFULLA: only Chinese application Fulltext is selected.

DECONNECT CNFULLA: all Fulltext sources are selected but not chinese application Fulltext.

Command line

A command line, at the bottom of your history, allows you to combine search steps to create a new query.

In the box Combining strategies at the bottom of your screen, enter the search step or query numbers you want to combine by using an operator, AND, OR and NOT. If you enter a query with different operators, use parentheses.  Then click the Search button.

You may also combine a query with a keyword or any other search term or with the results of a quick list or create a new query.

You can also create new questions from the command line.

This functionality is mainly intended for Questel language experts as it requires knowledge of the FamPat, Fullpat and Fulltext database fields and Questel command language search syntax. The fields are described in the FamPat, Fullpat and full-text source fact sheets.

The LIM command is a command to be used only in the command line. It is used to create a search sub-base.

Examples: With the command LIM 2014-45/UAB, you are creating a search sub-base that will contain only families that have a UAB code for the week 2014-45. With the LIM 1, you are creating a search sub-base on the first search statement. 

All the queries that follow a LIM command will apply only to families that have been subjected to the limitation. The following icon will be indicated in the hitlist:  showing that the results have been limited. In the search history, the queries will be in red.

The command LIM ALL is used to cancel the stated limit and return to the full collection.  

The operator SDOC is an operator that is used to search for information not included in invention families, but among individual members, while remaining in FamPat. SDOC is used only  in the command line.

The FamPat collection is formed of four sub-bases: a bibliographic sub-base (title, abstract, names, classifications, dates etc…), a key content sub-base (object of invention, advantages over prior art drawbacks, independent claims), a fulltext sub-base (claims and description) and a legal status sub-base.  SDOC does not work between sub-bases.    It must be used to search for information within a single sub-base.

Examples: The command EPB?/PN SDOC 2014 returns EP patents issued in 2014. The search fungus/TI SDOC pathogen/OBJ will not succeed: Two pieces of information from two different sub-bases are being searched for with SDOC.     

It is possible to filter based on a relevance score obtained after a similarity search. After a similarity search, it is possible to display only families with over X% similarity.

Example: US5000000/PN then SIM  SS 1 TOP 99 (question 1 is the publication # search, where you can launch the similarity search) and TOP 99 for families with over 99% similarity (from 99 to 100%).

You can also display only families that have a relevance score between X and Y.

Example: US5000000/PN then SIM SS 1 TOP 90 then SIM SS 1 TOP 80 then you use the NOT between the two similarity questions. 3 NOT 2. The NOT is done to exclude from the TOP 80 question all families with a score above 90, letting you see only families with a score between 80 and 90%.  


The query in command line will run on the collection displayed in current search history tab.

You cannot combine queries between two different collections.


Clicking on the Printer icon displays the search history in a new window (of the active tab), allowing for full, aesthetically pleasing printing.

Erase all

With the Erase all button you delete the entire strategy of the search history displayed. Queries not saved are deleted from your current session history but are visible in Previous History (Past Sessions).

Save the entire strategy

The Save the entire strategy button saves your entire strategy of the search history displayed. All your search statements are created in a script.

The saved strategy will be available under My Searches > My saved searches.

Create a script

From search history, you may Create a script. You have to use command language when creating the script, which can contain multiple linked or independent queries.

The saved script will be available under: My Searches > My saved searches. The collection and the searched sources will be those in the active history tab.


With the Export button, you may choose CSV, TXT, PDF or RTF format for exporting the search history displayed in the active tab. The file, which can be compressed, may be downloaded or sent by email. If you select email, the recipient address is that stored in your User settings. Others email addresses can be included, separated by a semicolon. A comment may also be included in the email.

      The Next button displays the wizard summary of export options.

      TheFinish button validates your choice of delivery mode and runs the export.

      The Back button redirects you to the delivery page.

      The Cancel button closes the export assistant without exporting.