The best patent professionals are diligent at all stages of patent prosecution. Patent practitioners must be able to find as much pertinent patent information as possible, know how to interpret the information they uncover and know how to use that information to advise and assist clients effectively. Being diligent, however, is often easier said than done considering the abundance of patent information available to researchers. LexisNexis® IP provides the resources you need to efficiently search, analyze, and strategize for each patent prosecution.

One: Search

Patent searches arise in various stages of prosecution and for many reasons, including determining:

  • Patentability whether an invention is novel and non-obvious based on prior art references from all over the world;
  • Freedom to Operate whether making, using, or selling an invention infringes patent rights in a marketplace (usually within a specific geographic area); and
  • Patent Validity whether a granted patent was rightfully issued, or if it is invalid based on prior art that existed before its being filed.

LexisNexis TotalPatent One® patent search platform makes it easy to find patents in a collection of over 100,000,000 patent documents from over 100 patent authorities around the world. With an intuitive user interface, and with several ways to tailor search queries and to filter search results, TotalPatent One® is the clear choice of conducting every type of patent search imaginable.

Two: Analyze

After a patent application is filed, there are several metrics that patent practitioners can use to help predict how patent prosecution will proceed. Historical patent data from USPTO art units and patent examiners provide important insights that indicate how each art unit and patent examiner is likely to behave in the future. Some of the most valuable patent metrics include:

  • Allowance Rates (the percentage of examined patent applications that issued as patents compared to the number of patent applications either issued or abandoned);
  • Average Office Actions (the average number of office actions issued for each patent application examined by a patent examiner or art unit before being issued or abandoned);
  • Average Prosecution Times  (the average number of office actions issued for each patent application examined by a patent examiner or art unit before being issued or abandoned);
  • LexisNexis ETA™  (a proprietary metric based on several sources of patent data and surrounding circumstances to help predict prosecution length and difficulty more accurately).

By analyzing USPTO patent data on your assigned art unit and patent examiner, you increase the chances of having your application granted with less time and expense. LexisNexis PatentAdvisor® patent prosecution tools provide users with actionable USPTO patent data and statistics. With PatentAdvisor™, patent practitioners have access to the most informative patent metrics that can be used to make smarter, more informed patent prosecution decisions.

Three: Strategize

In addition to providing patent data to its users, PatentAdvisor also helps patent practitioners find steps they can take to expedite patent prosecution and to obtain more favorable results. A PatentAdvisor Guidebook, a playbook that gives practical advice based on USPTO patent data, accompanies each patent application accessed through the PatentAdvisor platform. Your Guidebook could reveal overlooked options, such as holding an interview with an examiner or filing an RCE, which have yielded success for patent practitioners facing your assigned patent practitioner in the past.

LexisNexis patent prosecution tools help patent practitioners search, analyze, and strategize for effective patent prosecution – turning each LexisNexis user into a patent prosecution triple threat.

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