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Are you using the right law firm for your patent prosecution?

Are you using the right law firm for your patent prosecution?

Applying for a patent is a highly specialized process. It requires an in-depth knowledge of your field of expertise as well as a firm understanding of patent law and a clear insight into what your patent examiner is likely to look for in an application. It is no...

5 Tips in Preparing for an Examiner Interview

5 Tips in Preparing for an Examiner Interview

Only a few thousand patent examiners are responsible for issuing actions on hundreds of thousands of patent applications that are filed every year with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Although written correspondence between a patent applicant, or a...

Continued Challenges to Aspects of the IPR Process

Continued Challenges to Aspects of the IPR Process

In July, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit rejected Cuozzo Speed Technologies’ appeal.  Cuozzo was attempting to prove that the claim interpretation used by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) was incorrect.  Currently, the PTAB uses the “broadest...

The Evolutions of the USPTO

The Evolutions of the USPTO

Over the most recent few decades, the USPTO has continued to grow and evolve in process, people and technology.  During the period between FY 2005 and FY 2011, the number of patent examiner’s increased from 4,258 to 6,685 (+57%) (4). By 2014, their numbers had swelled...

Go HTTPS: Better Patent Research Security With One Simple Click?

Go HTTPS: Better Patent Research Security With One Simple Click?

As patent researchers, we know that the actual contents of our searches—the search terms, the records we view, and even the names of our work files—can be highly sensitive information. But are we doing everything we can to protect this sensitive data as we do our...

Looking For LexisNexis TotalPatent Reviews and Articles?

Looking For LexisNexis TotalPatent Reviews and Articles?

Are you considering LexisNexis® TotalPatent® as a potential patent research platform? Are you scouring the Internet looking for product reviews? Let me save you a bit of time. When I first started looking at TotalPatent, I, too, wanted to see what others had had to...

5 Ways to Use Patent Data Analytics to Boost Business Development

5 Ways to Use Patent Data Analytics to Boost Business Development

In today’s increasingly competitive legal industry, intellectual property attorneys face challenges from all sides. Small and medium-sized boutique IP firms may battle for market share against the IP giants, while big law firms may struggle to contain costs and...

Patent Researchers: Should Certification Be In Your Future?

Patent Researchers: Should Certification Be In Your Future?

Do patent researchers need a certification process? At least some patent research professionals believe so, and such a process may soon become reality. In a recent blog post about PIUG 2015, I mentioned that Susanne Hantos of Davies Collison Cave—past chair of PIUG...

Simplifying Patent Research with Text-to-Image Searching

Simplifying Patent Research with Text-to-Image Searching

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but it can be worth a great deal more when conducting patent research. Drawings are essential elements of most patent applications, especially those for design patents, which not only require drawings of the claimed design but...

IP Budgeting With Predictive Analytics

IP Budgeting With Predictive Analytics

What if you could predict how long your latest patent application will take to reach allowance? Forecasting that timeline would allow you to make better decisions about where your IP department spends its time. Budgeting for an intellectual property department is...

Five Key Aspects of a Patent Landscape

Five Key Aspects of a Patent Landscape

For especially competitive technology fields, patent research can be used to shape the earliest stages of research and development. In pharmaceuticals, electronics and many other high-tech industries, a thorough understanding of the patented technologies that already...

Patent Examiner Data Offers Guidance for Advanced Prosecution

Patent Examiner Data Offers Guidance for Advanced Prosecution

Even when abandoning a patent application makes clear business sense, walking away from that effort without a tangible return can be difficult. Making such a decision can be complicated by the traditional obscurity of the patent prosecution process. How can patent...

TotalPatent: Complete, Searchable Patent Data

TotalPatent: Complete, Searchable Patent Data

  Intellectual property protections allow inventors around the globe to protect their creations of the mind, driving innovation and economic expansion that benefit everyone. When it comes to patent prosecution on a global scale, it is vital that IP...

USPTO Roadshow to Explain Shift from First to Invent Standard

USPTO Roadshow to Explain Shift from First to Invent Standard

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is hitting the road with a traveling presentation to better educate inventors and intellectual property lawyers about the “First Inventor to File” provisions of the America Invents Act of 2011 (AIA). Of all the changes that...

U.S. Joins Europe in New International Patent Classification System

U.S. Joins Europe in New International Patent Classification System

When the U.S. Patent Classification (USPC) first was introduced as the taxonomic system with which the country’s patent office would categorize all new inventions, Andrew Jackson was president of the United States. There were only three states west of the Mississippi...

The Effect of Multiple Rejections on Litigation

The Effect of Multiple Rejections on Litigation

Patent prosecution history has always been a part of patent litigation, to some extent.  However, a recent ruling from the Southern District Court of New York has added a new twist to how and when the court will consider the prosecution history of an application in...

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