Better Patents Now

A podcast from LexisNexis® IP with Chris Holt & Megan McLoughlin

Chris and Megan are patent attorneys who have spent the last few years knee-deep in patent data trying to improve how patent prosecution is done.

Chris invented the LexisNexis PatentAdvisor® product, a suite of tools for improving prosecution performance, and Megan helps him keep it running. Using tools like PatentAdvisor™, Chris and Megan explore how patent data can impact day-to-day prosecution and portfolio management decisions. Their 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 them 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.

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Meet the Hosts

Chris Holt

Chris is the Vice President of Patent Analytics, PatentAdvisor and has over 15 years of experience as a patent attorney specializing in U.S. and foreign patents in the electrical and mechanical fields, as well as for computer hardware and software inventions. As the co-creator of PatentAdvisor, Chris has helped bring transparency to the opaque patent prosecution process with never before available patent office analytics.

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.

Podcast Episodes

#32 Around the World in 22 Minutes

Jonathan (producer of BPN) asks Chris what he has learned from his business travels around the world. Chris reflects on how Asia, Europe, and the United States have each reacted a little bit differently to being challenged to transition to...

#30 Let’s Play Prosecution Golf

Chris and Megan discuss what they see as the proper way to evaluate whether patent prosecution has gone well. Emphasis is placed on establishing proper benchmarks on an application-specific basis. Segment Type: Educational Listener Mail: Joyce...

#27 Back to Basics with Attorney Joe Kelly

Chris and Megan interview Joe Kelly, of Kelly, Holt & Christenson, about basic response writing techniques for optimizing the likelihood of a desirable outcome during patent prosecution.  Joe also explains his "multiple paths to allowance"...

#26 Six Excellent Use Cases for File Wrapper Text Searching

Chris and Megan share 6 ideas for searching image file wrappers to enhance your patent practice. This rich content set—including claims, responses, office actions, and appeal documents—can help you find licensing opportunities, decide whether...

#28 Top 5 Decisions That Require Patent Data Context

Chris and Megan identify five specific decisions that patent prosecution attorneys should typically never make without being informed by relevant data.  The emphasis is on anticipating a most likely outcome instead of guessing.​ Segment Type:...

#23 Patent Examiner Gameplay

Chris and Megan discuss a common strategy patent examiners use, but which may cost applicants unnecessary prosecution dollars. Specifically, many examiners have a habit of requiring an RCE prior to granting an allowance, even when the amendment...

#22 Little Black Box

Chris and Megan discuss how to use "big brother" to your advantage in developing a patent strategy. By monitoring prosecution patterns, practitioners can look out for incoming competitor patents of interest, monitor for patents that competitors...

#21 Reality Check

Chris and Megan review prosecution statistics for a couple of very difficult examiners. Although they are not the norm, examiners who rarely or never allow certain types of applications do exist. Now that prosecution statistics are readily...

#20 Misleading Patent Statistics

Megan discusses the top 5 pitfalls of comparing patent prosecution data from one entity to another—company to company or law firm to law firm.  This podcast will tell you what questions to ask when presented with comparative patent prosecution...

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