Rookie Mistake - Patent Searches - Overlooking Download / Display Limit

One simple, and rather normal, mistake newbie patent searchers (and sometimes even experienced searchers) make is not paying attention to the 'download' and / or  'display' limit of any patent searching database, whether it be Thomson Innovation, Orbit, or even national / regional databases.

This can lead to an incomplete data set, and an incorrect search log - leading to incorrect estimation, costing, planning, etc. - you name it.

The first thing a searcher must do is understand all nuances of the database to be used completely - with its strengths and limitations, accept them, and move forward.

Remember, a perfect database is a myth.