What is Similar Spelling?
Have you accidentally used a word that you did not mean to? How many times have you spelled the wrong word in your document and spell check doesn’t catch it because the typo is an actual word? Seep vs. seek, formed vs foamed, legion vs. lesion. As these words are typed, no alarms are going off; no squiggly lines are showing up on the page. These are actual mistakes that have been found in real patents using Microsystems Patent Companion. In all of these examples, the mistakes drastically changed the meaning of the sentence, didn’t accurately describe the invention and have failed to protect the intellectual property. On your own, the only way to find these mistakes is to perform a thorough proofreading of the document. And we know you are busy. There must be an easier way.
This is where the power of the Similar Spelling feature comes to light. Not only can it pick up misspelled words in your patent, but also mistyped words that are spelled correctly and would not be picked up by an ordinary spell checker. With a single click, all potential Similar Spelling issues are there for your review.
How Does Similar Spelling Do It?
Similar Spelling was built to accurately find these instances of typos in your patent application allowing you to focus on authoring while we do the editing. Through a series of complex algorithms, Similar Spelling looks for words that:
- Appear infrequently in the document
- Are only a single letter off from a word that appears much more frequently in the document
For example, if you are writing a patent application for a hockey stick and you are referring to the stick throughout the patent application. However, in one sentence in the patent you type sick instead of stick. The word sick would not be caught by a spell checker and it could confuse the meaning of the sentence. But this typo would definitely be caught by the Similar Spelling feature.
The word in question is highlighted in your patent application as well as the word that we think you intended to use. A handy Helper Bar is also present to let you know a similar word is used more often, and offers a suggested replacement. This allows you to review the sentence and mark as necessary to address in your patent.
So if you want to really make sure that there are not any typos in your patent application, don’t just rust your spell checker (oops, I mean trust), make sure you run it through Microsystems Patent Companion with Similar Spelling as well.
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