Michael Sartori, a partner, and Matt Welch, an associate at Baker Botts, LLP used data from LexisNexis PatentAdvisor® to complete an analysis on ten years of examiner data from the eight non-design Tech Centers at the USPTO. The gathered data focused on important milestones in the life cycle of a U.S. patent application. In the article series, the impact of the type of Examiner is explored for each of the milestones through historical trends and counter-intuitive results. Their analysis covered in the first article finds that certain types of examiners at the USPTO allow and examine disproportionately more U.S. patents each year than other types of examiner, resulting in few allowing many patents, and many allowing few patents.
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