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When Patent Applications Linger In Prosecution

When Patent Applications Linger In Prosecution

Bad things happen when patent applications linger in prosecution for too long. Patent applications tend to get stuck between filing and issuance only when significant obstacles arise. Obstacles, such as office actions issued by the patent office, are costly and can be...

Pop Culture Patents: The Modern Space Race

Pop Culture Patents: The Modern Space Race

The modern space race looks much different than its predecessor. Rather than a battle among government superpowers, the competition to travel even further into space is now being led by the private sector. Innovative, big-dreaming billionaires have taken the reins and...

A Perspective on Artificial Intelligence Patent Applications

A Perspective on Artificial Intelligence Patent Applications

The topic of artificial intelligence (AI) is practically inescapable these days. AI broadly refers to technologies and systems comprised of software or hardware that perform tasks and iteratively improve themselves based on the information they collect. Regardless of...

What To Do After a Final Office Action

What To Do After a Final Office Action

Patent professionals can only argue with their patent examiners for so long before an examiner issues a "final" office action. Fortunately, receiving a final office action does not mean the end of hope for patent applicants. Filing either a Request for Continued...

Patent Analysis Tools for Intellectual Property Counsel

Patent Analysis Tools for Intellectual Property Counsel

Whether you work as in-house or outside intellectual property counsel, patent portfolio management tends to be an area ripe for improvement. Managing many patent projects and the work of multiple patent professionals is inherently challenging when you don’t have the...

Apply Qualitative Data to Your Patent Prosecution Strategy

Apply Qualitative Data to Your Patent Prosecution Strategy

Patent professionals have long benefited from data driven insights to guide the prosecution strategy and deliver positive outcomes, however this data focuses on events that happened during prosecution and does not give insight into qualitative aspects such as how...

Integration of Automation in the Patent Process

Integration of Automation in the Patent Process

Automation has come a long way in a short amount of time, thanks to developments in big data, machine learning, robotics and the Internet of Things. Many people and businesses have grown accustomed to having software and machines perform tasks that humans once...

Performance Checks to Provide Better Patent Services

Performance Checks to Provide Better Patent Services

Improvement is iterative. It often arises from an accumulation of small changes that stem from experience and self-awareness. Before making changes, one must first be aware of steps that will likely lead to better results. Performance checks help to identify issues to...

Use Patent Data to Understand USPTO Examiners

Use Patent Data to Understand USPTO Examiners

Getting to know someone is hard and getting to the level of really understanding someone takes even more effort . . . usually. When it comes to patent prosecution, patent data and analytics make the process to understand USPTO examiners easier than ever. Here are a...

Response to Office Actions—Weighing Options

Response to Office Actions—Weighing Options

Contrary to many clients’ perceptions, it is always open to interpretation whether an invention deserves patent protection. Every USPTO patent examiner is unique in their outlook and opinions, and have their own way of interpreting the patentability of a specific...

Four Tips to Avoid or Handle Office Actions

Four Tips to Avoid or Handle Office Actions

Responding to an office action can cost patent applicants an average of $3,000. Naturally, both patent applicants and patent attorneys strive to avoid office actions whenever possible or, alternatively, handle them effectively and efficiently. LexisNexis® Intellectual...

Patent Prosecution Analytics: No Longer Just a Nice to Have

Patent Prosecution Analytics: No Longer Just a Nice to Have

In a recent webinar, the LexisNexis® Intellectual Property team offered patent practitioners several convincing reasons for integrating patent prosecution analytics into their processes. Patent data and analytics can be leveraged in many ways throughout patent...

Prior Art Research

Prior Art Research

Conducting prior art research before filing a patent application can have a profound influence on patent strategies and outcomes. Not only can understanding prior art help to determine whether an invention is patentable, but it can also inform how a patent application...

Five Insights From My Conversation With the USPTO Commissioner

Five Insights From My Conversation With the USPTO Commissioner

By: Megan McLoughlin, Director of Prosecution Products, LexisNexis® IP | August 9, 2021Want some insider intel on what’s happening at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)? I recently had the opportunity to join a webinar panel with Gene Quinn of IPWatchdog®...

Patent Analytics and the Three Personalities of Patent Prosecution

Patent Analytics and the Three Personalities of Patent Prosecution

Why is it so difficult to predict the course of patent prosecution? To begin, patent law and patentability requirements are hardly black and white. Patentability is often open to interpretation, and reasonable minds often differ in their opinions. Moreover, the patent...

Using Statistics to Gather Patent Examiner Intel

Using Statistics to Gather Patent Examiner Intel

Patent professionals maintain an interesting relationship with their assigned patent examiners. From one perspective, it is perfectly amicable. Patent examiners are generally cooperative and unbiased; they stick to examining procedure, and even if the rejections they...

Choosing the Best Path Forward After Receiving an Office Action

Choosing the Best Path Forward After Receiving an Office Action

Costing clients roughly $3,000 apiece to deal with, office actions can quickly become one of the largest expenses in patent prosecution. Office action price tags do vary depending on the types of rejections made by a patent examiner and the amount of research and...

How to Compare Patent Prosecution Performances

How to Compare Patent Prosecution Performances

Comparing the effectiveness of two patent practitioners can be like comparing apples to oranges. The success of a patent application is dependent on many factors that are beyond a patent practitioner’s control, which makes it difficult to compare patent prosecution...

Analytical Pruning: Patent Tools for Healthier Patent Portfolios

Analytical Pruning: Patent Tools for Healthier Patent Portfolios

A patent portfolio is a lot like a garden in many ways. Patent portfolios often contain many varieties of patent applications that are “planted” at different times. Each patent application needs to be nurtured, comes with its unique challenges and matures at its own...

Combining Tools for All Stages of Patent Prosecution

Combining Tools for All Stages of Patent Prosecution

Research, drafting and prosecution are the three cornerstones of the patent process. How a patent professional approaches each cornerstone can have a significant impact on the expenses, durations and outcomes of their patent applications. Many tools have been...

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...

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...

Patent prosecution is the process of drafting, filing, and working with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to establish a patent protection over the rights to a unique invention.

Patent prosecution begins with a unique idea or design. The inventor can then search through databases of accepted, pending, and rejected patents to learn how their idea compares to what is already available. This research stage allows for the inventor to find out if a patent for a similar product already exists. It can also help the inventor discern what distinguishes their product from previous products.

For a patent to be filed and continue to move through the process, it must be drafted with complete, detailed information regarding the invention and claims. A picture of the design is almost always needed. When the draft is ready, it can be submitted to the patent office as an official application. 

A patent examiner will start by verifying that the patent application meets all the criteria to be considered for patentability. This can include originality, meeting formalities, and ensuring the claims are patentable. The examiner will then move to prior art research, similar to the inventor’s initial stage. The examiner will thoroughly research all previous patents to ensure the application does not match anything already approved. 

The examiner and the applicant may interact throughout the process to better understand the application and advance the prosecution. Finally, the examiner will approve, reject, or object to the patent application. The examiner will provide information on why the decision was made, and provide further feedback on how to move forward and what to amend. This can be in the form of an office action, which requires the applicant to create a response in order to continue moving forward with the application.

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