Better Patents Now™

A podcast from LexisNexis® IP with Megan McLoughlin

Megan is a patent attorney who has spent the last few years knee-deep in patent data trying to improve how patent prosecution is done.

LexisNexis PatentAdvisor® offers a comprehensive suite of tools for improving prosecution performance, and Megan helps to keep it running. Using tools like PatentAdvisor™, Megan explores how patent data can impact day-to-day prosecution and portfolio management decisions. Her goal is to bring more transparency to the process so patent attorneys can make decisions that lead to quicker timelines, better cost efficiencies and better patents now!

Listen to Better Patents Now to hear Megan talk about the best ways to utilize patent data in your practice. You can subscribe to our Better Patents Now email list and we’ll send you an email every time there’s a new episode published.

Meet the Host

Megan McLoughlin

Megan McLoughlin is the product director for PatentAdvisor, a suite of patent prosecution management tools. Previously, she worked as a patent attorney at the law firm of Nutter, McClennen, & Fish– primarily drafting and prosecuting patent applications. Her technical focus reached into a variety of industries, including medical devices, the food industry, software, printers, and biotech. Megan has a B.S. in Bioengineering from Rice, and a J.D. from Harvard Law.

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Podcast Episodes

#57: Pro se what? A Deep Dive into Art Unit 3649

Inspired by a listener's question, Megan does a deep dive into art unit 3649: the “pro se” art unit. The USPTO created this art unit in 2015 to help guide pro se applicants—those who choose to represent themselves before the USPTO—through the prosecution process. The...

#56: Put the “Lawyer” Back in Patent Lawyer

Patent practitioners typically turn to prosecution analytics to help them prosecute more efficiently. With the rise of fixed fees and a clientele that is constantly demanding more for less, there is significant pressure to complete tasks more quickly. But prosecution...

#55: Win the Patent Examiner Lottery

Megan reminds leaders about the new proprietary metric, ETA (Examiner Time Allocation) and introduces two new deeper dive metrics. Before you file, these metrics will give you an understanding of your chances of "winning the examiner lottery" that will help you...

#54: Shades of Red

Megan talks about deciding how to respond to a first office action. She discusses how the way you would respond to an office action without data can very often be different from the way you might respond with data. Better Patents Now Podcast ♫ MORE EPISODES ♫ Also...

#53: A Patent Examiner’s Take on ETA

In this episode, former patent Examiner Josh Rudawitz joins Megan to discuss the rationale behind ETA, PatentAdvisor's proprietary metric for examiner behavior. Josh weighs in on some of the reasons for ETA variations, both among and within art units. Better Patents...

#52: Inside Scoop with Former Patent Examiner Joshua Rudawitz

Megan interviews patent attorney Josh Rudawitz about his experience as a patent examiner. Josh discusses his career path at the USPTO and shares valuable insights about the level of autonomy granted to examiners at various points in their careers. Based on...

#51: Halloween: Be Very Afraid

In this Halloween-themed episode, Megan addresses situations in a prosecution that should make your hair stand on end. When something just doesn’t seem right, there may be a good reason to be afraid and take a deeper dive into the statistics. The examiner's body of...

#50: Nintendo Goes Green

Nintendo's IP portfolio is full of colorful patents--ranging from banana rubbing to rigging Mario Kart races. But equally interesting (at least, for patent data nerds) is the high percentage of applications that landed with green examiners. "Green" examiners are those...

#49: Patent Prosecution Trainwreck

Megan reviews one of the longest prosecution histories recorded in public PAIR, for application number 05/849,812. Prosecution for application number 05/849,812 has spanned over 40 years, 19 Office Actions, and 7 appeals. For at least the past 20 years, the battle has...

#48: ETA: The Ultimate Alarm System

Megan revisits the revolutionary metric for examiner behavior: ETA (Examiner Time Allocation). Although this new way of examining examiners has caught on quickly—and even inspired a few copycats—it has also sparked a lot of debate. In this episode, Megan answers some...

#47 Patent Analytics: Table Stakes for Law Firms

An interview with Ken Gemmill, Business Operations Manager for LexisNexis IP. In his career, Ken has witnessed the birth of analytics entering the patent business. He routinely speaks with law firms that are using analytics in their patent prosecution. Ken discusses...

#46 Troubled Patents: Should We Get Aggressive or Give Up?

When is it time to use the appeal process or take some other extraordinary action after a final rejection has been issued? This episode discusses the key role of patent analytics in moving you from a position of guessing your next step to one of data-informed...

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