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

#33 Taking Ownership of Your Patent Portfolio

A rebroadcast of a recent webinar with Eric Zaiser, Patent Counsel at Google. Eric discusses thinking through the issues involved with balancing your relationship with outside counsel while taking ownership of strategic decisions related to your patent portfolio....

#32 Around the World in 22 Minutes

This episode reflects on how Asia, Europe, and the United States have each reacted a little bit differently to being challenged to transition to data-driven decision making during pre-grant patent processes.  Segment Type: Educational Listener Mail: Matt C. from...

#30 Let’s Play Prosecution Golf

Megan discusses what she sees 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 in North Carolina asks about...

#27 Back to Basics with Attorney Joe Kelly

Megan interviews 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" amendment strategy. Segment Type:...

#26 Six Excellent Use Cases for File Wrapper Text Searching

Megan shares 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 or not to hire an attorney,...

#24 Using Patent Prosecution Analytics for Competitive Intelligence

Megan relays her top 4 strategies for using prosecution analytics for competitive intelligence. While many competitive intelligence efforts are focused on a competitor’s issued patent portfolio, looking at prosecution statistics can provide insight into what is coming...

#28 Top 5 Decisions That Require Patent Data Context

Megan identifies 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: Top X Listener Mail: An attendee...

#23 Patent Examiner Gameplay

Megan discusses 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 after final was not...

#22 Little Black Box

Megan discusses 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 have deemed important, and even...

#21 Reality Check

Megan reviews 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 available, does IP counsel have a...