Prior Art Research

Prior Art Research Conducting prior art research before filing a patent application can have a profound influence on patent strategies and outcomes. Not only can understanding prior art help to determine whether an invention is patentable, but it can also inform how a...

Patent Analysis Tools for Objective Application Review

Patent Analysis Tools for Objective Application Review Why is it so hard to be objective when reviewing our work? For patent practitioners, a comprehensive, objective application review before it is submitted to the USPTO—a check on both substance and form—can help to...

Evaluate Patent Portfolios Based on Quantity and Quality

Evaluate Patent Portfolios Based on Quantity and Quality What is the best way to evaluate a patent portfolio? Do you take the phrase literally and evaluate a portfolio based on the number of patents it contains, or is there a better way? The LexisNexis® PatentSight®...

Patent Tools for Avoiding Office Actions

Patent Tools for Avoiding Office Actions Problems are generally much less costly to avoid than to fix. A simple oil change can help prevent a blown engine, and a green salad here and there can help prevent future disease. For patent practitioners, thorough planning...