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Patent Family Manager Wizard

The Patent Family Manager wizard is available starting with STN Express Version 8.4. The wizard may be used to:

The Patent Family Manager wizard works on L-number answer sets:

You may launch the Patent Family Manager from the Results tab of the Select Discover! Wizard Window, or from the Discover! button, or from an L-number hyperlink.     

To extract the first member from each patent family:

  1. Select the appropriate L-number for your answer set by choosing it from the Search history in the Select Discover Wizard window or the answer selection window if you launched the wizard from the Discover button menu options.

  2. In the Patent Family Wizard window select the option to extract the first member from each patent family. Check the box if you want to include non-patent answers as well. Click Extract.

STN Express automatically executes commands to create a new L-number that contains only the first member from each patent family.  The commands that are executed are automatically displayed. A confirmation message is displayed in a box when the L-number has been created.

Click OK. Click Finish to exit the wizard.

To create a display of patent family results:

  1. In the Patent Family Wizard window select the option to customize display of patent family results. Enter a display format for first member of each patent family. Enter a display format for additional members of each patent family. You may also check the box for inserting a page break between each patent family. Click Display if you want  answers to be displayed. Requested answers are displayed in your online session as well as in a separate window.

  2. Click Finish to exit the wizard.

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