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

#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 evaluates 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 prosecution strategy—appealing after...

#18 Under the Microscope

Megan decides whether she would hire someone as her patent attorney based on their prosecution performance. Megan evaluates allowance rate, office action, interview, and appeal statistics. Segment Type: You make the call Listener Mail: Jean from Washington StateBetter...

#17 GoPro Gets Lucky

Megan discusses 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 GoPro make the right strategic...

#16 Where do Litigated Patents Come From?

Megan interviews 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 primary examiners - or both? His...

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

Megan discusses 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 ♫ MORE EPISODES ♫ Also available on: Join...

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

Megan reviews basics of the patent prosecution process - from issuance of a non-final office action to termination - and gives basic pointers on where patent analytics come into play. Segment Type: Educational Listener Mail: Jeni from Minneapolis Better Patents Now...

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

Megan reviews the basics of the patent prosecution process - from filing to issuance of a non-final office action - and gives basic pointers on where patent analytics come into play. Segment Type: Educational Listener Mail: Paralegal Better Patents Now Podcast ♫ MORE...

#12 The Mooters

Megan discusses strategies for cases facing a "mooter": a patent examiner who repeatedly cites new art. In particular, she examines US Application No. 12/995,610 to determine whether there were early signs that appeal was a good strategy. Segment Type: You make the...

#11 Nervous New Patent Examiners

Megan decides 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 make the call Listener Mail:...

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

Megan interviews 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 Listener Mail: Conference...

#9 Facebook and Examiner Favoritism?

Megan reviews 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 applicant? Better Patents Now...

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