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International Access: Entry Points for Global Patent Searches

International Access: Entry Points for Global Patent Searches

It is a highly globalized world, where international commerce has become easier than ever. Businesses have few problems transcending borders, but the same cannot be said of innovation. Patent rights are territorial, and as a result, the patent records are primarily...

A Practitioner’s Mission to Improve Prosecution Results

A Practitioner’s Mission to Improve Prosecution Results

Who would have thought that “search and rescue” could find its way into a patent attorney’s job description? While the patent version of a search and rescue may not be as dangerous or adventurous as the real deal, changing our perspective on the work that we do can...

Integrating for Better Performance With LexisNexis PatentOptimizer®

Integrating for Better Performance With LexisNexis PatentOptimizer®

The LexisNexis PatentOptimizer® patent drafting tool has earned a reputation among users for helping them quickly produce patent document drafts that perform better among USPTO patent examiners. PatentOptimizer® users can spend less time drafting patent applications...

Strategic Drafting With Patent Analytics Tools

Strategic Drafting With Patent Analytics Tools

There is a method to the madness of matching a USPTO patent examiner to each patent application. A lot happens before an examiner is assigned to a newly filed application. The USPTO first considers which team of examiners (called an “art unit”) is best suited to...

Exploring Patent Relationships to Enhance Understanding

Exploring Patent Relationships to Enhance Understanding

Innovation is a process that requires continually building on existing ideas and applying our current knowledge to produce something new. The patent documents of the world tell the story of our technological progress. While an individual patent may be a very limited...

Patent Search Tools: The Difference a Folder Can Make

Patent Search Tools: The Difference a Folder Can Make

People tend to underestimate the power of a file folder. While a folder is a simple tool, it actually has significant power that allows for the collection and organization of documents. When coupled with technology, a folder of patent references can become even more....

Using USPTO Archives to Generate Office Action Responses

Using USPTO Archives to Generate Office Action Responses

​There is a nearly unfathomable amount of patent data in the archives of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). According to the most recent “U.S. Patent Statistics Chart” published by the USPTO’s Patent Technology Monitoring Team (accessible here),...

How Patent Analytics Can Improve Patent Prosecution Outcomes

How Patent Analytics Can Improve Patent Prosecution Outcomes

Patent prosecution tactics are the decisions made by patent professionals to maneuver their patent applications through the patent process as efficiently as possible. Due to the nature of the patent process, implementing the right tactics at the right time is both an...

Reducing Costs by Investing in Patent Quality

Reducing Costs by Investing in Patent Quality

Everyone wants to get off on the right foot, whether it be making a good first impression with a new acquaintance or with the patent office. In patent prosecution, the first documents submitted to the USPTO provide patent examiners with their initial understanding of...

CPC Classification: The New Approach to Assigning Art Units

CPC Classification: The New Approach to Assigning Art Units

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been in the process of revising its patent classification methods for many years. Through a joint effort with the European Patent Office, the USPTO began using the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system...

Patent Data as an Offensive and Defensive Strategy

Patent Data as an Offensive and Defensive Strategy

Companies that fully integrate the management of their patent portfolio into their business strategy are often more successful and run more effective operations. Patent attorney Paul Hylarides believes that patent managers should be given a more prominent role in the...

How Signals picks up on market trends that everyone else is missing

How Signals picks up on market trends that everyone else is missing

Signals Analytics develops data tools for companies that are looking for profound insights on the latest market trends. LexisNexis’ raw patent data plays a crucial role in the powerful, predictive analyses they make. “Patent data is one of the most important signals...

Myths of Litigated Patents

Myths of Litigated Patents

In the world of patent analytics, patent data serves two primary purposes. For one, it acts as a snapshot of the past, helping to show history in the form of patent statistics pertaining to the USPTO, patent examiners and patent applicants. The second key function of...

Do This, Not That: Tips for More Efficient Patent Searches

Do This, Not That: Tips for More Efficient Patent Searches

Times are changing, and when it comes to conducting global patent searches, change is for the better. As patent search tools evolve, patent professionals must continue to understand the tools that are available to make them more effective in performing their jobs....

Avoiding Section 112(b) Rejections With Patent Drafting Tools

Avoiding Section 112(b) Rejections With Patent Drafting Tools

One of the most important jobs performed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and its patent examiners is to ensure that the patents they issue make it clear to the public exactly what invention is being protected. Giving the public notice of the...

Identifying Relevant Patent Records in Global Patent Search Results

Identifying Relevant Patent Records in Global Patent Search Results

Modern patent search tools have granted an incredible amount of power to patent professionals. At one point, a global patent search was only able to be completed by searching the many patent databases that are maintained by patent authorities around the world. A...

The Impact of Examiner Interviews on Patent Prosecution Outcomes

The Impact of Examiner Interviews on Patent Prosecution Outcomes

The value of holding interviews with USPTO patent examiners is often overlooked by patent professionals. When approached with a mindset of cooperativeness (as opposed to combativeness), examiner interviews enable more effective communication between patent...

The Hero’s Journey and the Four Champions of Patent Prosecution

The Hero’s Journey and the Four Champions of Patent Prosecution

Most people are familiar with the “hero’s journey.” Popularized by Joseph Campbell in the mid-twentieth century, it describes the common progression of the stages in literary or cinematic epics that our favorite heroes experience. There are 12 total stages in the...

Use Digital Briefcases for Patent Portfolio Analytics

Use Digital Briefcases for Patent Portfolio Analytics

When patent practitioners utilize patent portfolio management software the ways in which patent portfolios can be assembled and analyzed are practically endless. The LexisNexis PatentAdvisor® patent prosecution platform makes it easy for patent professionals to build...

Sophisticated Solutions for Patent Portfolio Management

Sophisticated Solutions for Patent Portfolio Management

​The benefits of patent data and analytics are clear at every stage of the patent process. From helping patent prosecutors strategically draft patent application content to predicting a patent examiner’s next move in prosecution, having more information on hand leads...

Improve Your Patent Search Experience

Improve Your Patent Search Experience

Most patent search tools are purely utilitarian. They provide access to patent documents in a database but do very little to make searching a pleasurable experience. LexisNexis® IP designs its products with its users in mind. That is why the LexisNexis TotalPatent...

On-Demand Event: Patent Analytics Seminar 2020

On-Demand Event: Patent Analytics Seminar 2020

What you’ll learn in this webinar:Types of IndefinitenessLearn about the types of problems that patent applications face and what patent practitioners should do.Nautilus and Its ProgenyGet a look inside the Nautilus, Inc. ruling and a view of where we stand today with...