Five Attainable New Year’s Resolutions for Patent Professionals in 2021
Another year has come and gone, but new patent products bring promise to 2021. If you are looking to improve in the upcoming year, LexisNexis® IP has resolved to help you in all aspects of the patent workflow by providing tools that are sure to help you meet your goals.
Resolution #1: Broaden Your Patent Search
Broadening your horizons may open you up to new experiences, but broadening your patent search could introduce you to prior art that impacts your client’s ability to obtain a patent or to use their invention. Prior art from anywhere in the world can be used to rebut an invention’s novelty, non-obviousness, and ultimately its patentability, but searching for patents and patent documents around the world can be daunting without the right tools. Rather than spending an enormous amount of time browsing through a multitude of patent databases separately, each pertaining to a different patent region or country, turn your attention to a patent search platform that allows you to search the databases of over 100 worldwide patent authorities simultaneously. Conducting user-friendly searches with LexisNexis TotalPatent One® yields on-point results from over 100,000,000 patent documents so that patent practitioners have a better grasp on the risks their clients face.
Resolution #2: Become a Better Writer
In most contexts, being a good writer could mean someone who is prolific or who can tell a colorful story using language alone. In patent prosecution, good writing, or good patent drafting, is writing within a patent application that meets patent guidelines, is appropriately broad, and that results in a granted patent with limited pushback from a patent examiner. LexisNexis PatentOptimizer® can help you draft strong, defensible patents by ensuring sufficient written descriptions. It can help you identify: vague and indefinite claim language, claim terms that lack proper antecedent basis, functional claim language without the recitation of corresponding structure in the specification, and can detect and correct inconsistent part names and numbers.
Resolution #3: Trim Some Fat
Losing weight may seem impossible for many, but patent practitioners who are looking to save their clients time and money can easily accomplish their trimming down goals by turning to patent analytics. USPTO patent data shows us how art units and individual patent examiners have dealt with patent prosecution in the past. By acquiring patent statistics, such as the average number of office actions a particular patent examiner issues, the types of office actions issued, and the success other patent applicants have had with filing RCEs or filing for appeal, patent practitioners can make more informed decisions to reduce costly USPTO interactions and secure a patent more quickly. The LexisNexis PatentAdvisor® patent prosecution platform delivers actionable USPTO patent data straight to users so that they can navigate patent prosecution more efficiently and effectively.
Resolution #4: Learn to Predict the Future
Reading your opponent is an invaluable skill – especially when it comes to poker and patent prosecution. PatentAdvisor™ tools will be of little help to your poker game, but they can drastically improve your ability to predict your assigned patent examiner’s future decisions. Examiner ETA™, the world’s most predictive patent metric, is based on a proprietary algorithm that combines your patent examiner’s USPTO patent data with his or her experience level and the circumstances surrounding your patent application’s examination. Each ETA™ results in a rating that users can use to predict the decisions their examiner will make, how long patent prosecution will last, how difficult it will be to obtain a granted patent, and to determine which actions they can take to improve their patent prosecution experience.
Resolution #5: Spread More Smiles
Patent prosecution has been historically long and unpredictable. Inaccurate estimates and unexpected delays are guaranteed to disappoint clients through the patent process. LexisNexis IP patent products put patent professionals back in control so that they can accurately assess how patent prosecution will proceed and the time and costs involved. The ability to accurately estimate prosecution length and expense helps to prevent client dissatisfaction and keep them smiling throughout 2021.