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.

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.

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Podcast Episodes

#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...

#19 Monsanto’s Wise Choice

Megan and Chris evaluate the prosecution history of U.S. Patent No. 5,352,605, Monsanto’s patent on genetically modified soybeans that was at issue in Bowman v. Monsanto. Monsanto’s counsel for this patent application took a very aggressive...

#18 Under the Microscope: Evaluating Chris

Megan decides whether she would hire Chris as her patent attorney, based on his prosecution performance. Megan and Chris evaluate his allowance rate, office action, interview, and appeal statistics. Segment Type: You make the call Listener...

#17 GoPro Gets Lucky

Chris and Megan discuss the prosecution history of U.S. Patent No. 6,955,484, GoPro's patent covering their basic technology. The examiner who allowed that patent has a history of indicating "allowable subject matter" early in prosecution. Did...

#16 Where do Litigated Patents Come From?

Chris and Megan interview guest speaker Professor Sean Tu, from the University of West Virginia, about his research on which examiners are most likely to issue litigated patents. Are these controversial patents mainly issued by junior or...

#15 Pending Patent Applications: What’s This Thing Worth?

Chris and Megan discuss ways to monetize a pending portfolio. Should purchasers have to pay anything for applications that haven't issued? Segment Type: You Make the Call Listener Mail: Marcus from Germany Better Patents Now Podcast Also...

#14 The Basics of the Patent Prosecution Process: Part Two

Chris and Megan review the basics of the patent prosecution process - from filing to issuance of a non-final office action - and give basic pointers on where patent analytics come into play. Segment Type: Educational Listener Mail: Jeni from...

#13 The Basics of the Patent Prosecution Process: Part One

Chris and Megan review the basics of the patent prosecution process - from filing to issuance of a non-final office action - and give basic pointers on where patent analytics come into play. Segment Type: Educational Listener Mail: Paralegal...

#12 The Mooters

Chris and Megan discuss strategies for cases facing a "mooter": a patent examiner who repeatedly cites new art. In particular, they examine US Application No. 12/995,610 to determine whether there were early signs that appeal was a good...

#11 Nervous New Patent Examiners

Chris and Megan decide what to do with an application-facing a new patent examiner: U.S. Application No. 14/828,744. Why is it so hard to get cases allowed by a new patent examiner, and what can patent prosecutors do about it? Segment Type: You...

#10 Data-Driven Decision-Making with Attorney Katie Scholz

Chris and Megan interview Katie Scholz, of Kelly, Holt, & Christenson, about how she uses patent data to improve her prosecution performance. Katie also explains how using data has improved her client relationships. Segment Type: Interview...

#9 Facebook and Examiner Favoritism?

Chris and Megan review the prosecution history and examiner statistics for U.S. Patent No. 7,669,123, a very controversial patent that covers the Facebook newsfeed. Was it allowed on merit, or was the USPTO influenced by the identity of the...

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