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Sounding the Alarm for Superior Patent Examiner Metrics

Most patent statistics only tell a small part of the overall story. For example, the most heavily relied upon patent prosecution metric is a patent examiner’s allowance rate. Each examiner allowance rate communicates the percentage of patent applications an examiner...

Leveraging Patents to Shape the Future of Fitness

A look at the patent prosecution of fitness companies who are innovating for new ways to exercise. People are getting smarter about their workouts, and fitness technology is continually improving the way in which we push ourselves. There has been a boom in fitness and...

Five Election Patents that Shaped the Democratic Process

Midterm elections are now behind us and the nation has a restored our memory of the beauty and challenges that accompany our democratic processes. As great as our election processes are compared to those of many other nations, voting in the United States has always...

#54: Shades of Red

Chris talks with Megan about his recent experience deciding how to respond to a first office action. He discovered that his application has ended up with an examiner who has a high ETA (Examiner Time Allowance), indicating a slowness to grant patents....

How to Effectively Respond to a 103 Rejection

Patent practitioners need to move beyond a one-size-fits all prosecution strategy. Every patent practitioner has been the victim of a 103 rejection that just will not go away. Getting a 103 rejection is both common—a vast majority of patent applications at the USPTO...

#53: A Patent Examiner’s Take on ETA

Having devoted years to developing examiner metrics that are both accurate and fair, Chris and Megan figured it made sense to ask for an examiner's perspective on his own ranking. In this episode, former patent Examiner Josh Rudawitz joins Chris and Megan...

How to Assess Your Request for Continued Examination

Historical patent data and patent analysis tools can help practitioners and applicants determine whether filing an RCE is a wise decision. Request a free two-day trial of LexisNexis PatentAdvisor® A patent practitioner may need to file a Request for Continued...

#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, Chris and Megan address 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...

Patent Nostalgia and the Game Boy Comeback

The most reliable way to forecast Nintendo’s future may be to look at its own patent prosecution history. History repeats itself, but sometimes we have to wait for technology to improve before we can imitate the past. That is the story of Nintendo’s most recent...

Fall Back into the Past

The LexisNexis TotalPatent One® patent search platform makes it easy for inventors and patent practitioners to reflect the world’s patent history. Summer is over, and fall is back again. It is time to enjoy falling leaves, warm seasonal drinks, and maybe a bonfire or...

#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"...

#49: Patent Prosecution Trainwreck

Chris and Megan review 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...

#48: ETA: The Ultimate Alarm System

Chris and Megan revisit their 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...

Nintendo Patents for Improving Quality of Life

Who would have thought that waking up to Nintendo could be good for you? We will have to continue waiting patiently for the scientific community to prove the benefits of morning video games, but in the meantime, Nintendo Co Ltd. and Panasonic Corp. are...

Webinar: Engineering Patent Applications to Avoid Alice

Increase your odds of a favorable patent prosecution. With some effort and planning it is possible to direct a patent application to a more likely favorable Art Unit within the USPTO, which will substantially raise the odds of a favorable (and more cost-efficient)...

Inspecting the Hotel Room of the Future

Patent analytics tools give a clue to what we might expect in the coming years Ever wonder how future hotels will differ from those today? The “Business Productivity Room” patented on June 19th, 2018 offers a glimpse into how major hotel players envision providing...

Taking Coffee Delivery to New Heights

People need coffee and they need it now. International Business Machine Corporation (IBM) is doing what they can to reduce the number of tired eyes and heavy feet that move about each day. Here is a look at the IBM patent prosecution for coffee drone delivery. IBM was...

Three Ways to Enhance Your Design Patent Searches

LexisNexis TotalPatent One® is a one-stop shop for design patent searches that can make things quicker and easier. Designers, artists, companies, and anyone who produces an aesthetically pleasing product should consider design patents. While utility patents protect...

General Motors Goes Active for Aerodynamics

In its 110-year lifespan, the Detroit-based General Motors (GM) has owned many wildly successful automotive brands, including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC and many others. Despite some rough terrain in 2009 when the American corporation filed bankruptcy, GM has...

Discovering World Patents

The world is not as small as it once was. Technological news and patent documents can be shared across our planet in a fraction of a second. Yet, while information may not be subject to geographic borders, patent protection remains very territorial. A patent granted...

#47 Patent Analytics: Table Stakes for Law Firms

Chris interviews 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....

The “Brewing of Beer” Patent Groupings

Dating back to at least 5,000 BC in Iran, beer is one of the oldest beverages humans have produced. Beer was described in ancient writings from Egypt and Mesopotamia, and today over 6,200 craft beer breweries are in operation in the United States alone. Beer is so...

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