Patent Research

Pass patentability and novelty tests or track innovation space with thorough prior art research.

On-Demand Webinar: Patent Research Year in Review

Five Things to Consider When Choosing a Patent Research Solution

Patent Research Solutions: Free vs. Fee

How to Be a Patent Prosecution Triple Threat

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...

4×4 Patent Searches to Make Your Life Easier

Patent searches are useful in many situations, and a thorough patent search could make or break a patent at any time. Whether you are exploring the patentability of an invention or if you are dealing with patent infringement, the LexisNexis TotalPatent One® patent...

The Pinnacle of Patent Search Evolution

Believe it or not, patent rights actually date back thousands of years to Ancient Greece. Not surprisingly, the patent system as it exists in the United States today is a much more recent development. When America was nothing more than a collection of colonies, there...

Challenging (In)Validity

Patent searches come in all shapes and sizes, and each search is designed with a particular goal in mind. Generally speaking, your patent searches can be categorized as either patentability searches, freedom-to-operate searches, or invalidity searches. Timing and...

Finding Freedom to Operate

When inventions are conceived, one of the first actions people take is the performance of a patentability search to determine whether pursuing the invention could be fruitful. People tend to easily understand the value of a patent - they understand the amount of money...

Four Reasons to Search In-House

Patent practitioners need to conduct patent searches to answer a variety of questions. Is my client’s invention patentable? Is my client’s product infringing someone else’s patent? Is my client’s competitor’s patent even valid? What does the patent landscape look like...

Webinar: Patent Research: The Year in Review and a Look Ahead

This on-demand webinar is part of a series where patent experts in various core areas of the patent workflow discuss industry: Highlights over the past year Trends emerging for 2018 Use cases for success Leading the webinar is Mike Hudelson, Director of IP Product...

How to Streamline Your Patent Search Process

“Efficient” is rarely used to describe patent prosecution. For the longest time, patent practitioners have accepted as normal having to deal with multiple counterintuitive patent databases to complete a single patentability search, prior art search, infringement...

Six Patent Search Hurdles and the Solution You Seek

Novelty searches, invalidity searches, non-infringement searches, and freedom-to-operate searches - no matter which type of patent search you are performing, your ability to work smarter and faster determines the quality and depth of the results you find. Luckily,...

China Prior Art Research

Prior Art Research in Chinese Patents According to WIPO statistics, there were 2.9 million patent applications in 2015, with the Chinese Patent Office (SIPO) achieving the landmark of more than a million filings.[1] Indeed over the past few years, China has...

Six Things to Look For When Choosing a Patent Research Solution

Selecting the right tool for the job is clearly a good thing. Some of the more important aspects IP practitioners, information specialists and other decision makers should consider when shopping around for a patent research solution may take into account various...

The value of a patent according to EPO: six key questions answered

Generally speaking, patents are not merely regarded as a legal document providing a technical solution to a problem; they also provide a basis for fostering innovation and promoting commercial opportunities. Business prospects arise when patents exclude others from a...

The Influential Law Librarian: A Product Evaluation Checklist

It’s no secret that the role of the law librarian – whether inside a non-profit institution, a corporate library or a law firm – has been undergoing a dramatic transformation in recent years. In fact, Duane Strojny, Associate Dean of Library and Instructional Support...

Six Keys to Success as Law Librarian, Part Two

ALM Legal Intelligence's 2016 Law Librarian Survey documented an exciting trend for legal information professionals: “Law libraries are phasing out print collections, reinventing themselves as sources of competitive intelligence and analytics,” according to ALM. Law...

What LexisNexis Pathways™ can do for European Patent Attorneys

Only rarely has a patent attorney not contemplated the risk of his patent application being refused. Independent of the nationality of the competent Patent Office, there is a large spectrum of parameters to be considered and ad hoc complicated conditions that may...

Six Keys to Success as Law Librarian, Part One of Two

Organizations such as the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and the Special Libraries Association (SLA) do an excellent job of articulating the core competencies and professional skills required to embark on a career as a law librarian. But often times,...

Famous People and Their Curious Patents

History offers a wealth of interesting innovations, including inventions by famous individuals who will astound you with the depth and breadth of their creativity.  Most surprising is that many of these inventions have little to do with the primary occupations of...

TotalPatent One™: A New Solution for Patent Research

Q. What makes this IP technology innovative and original? What is its USP and intended impact? A. LexisNexis TotalPatent One™ employs new search technology combined with an intuitive user interface that enables users to get comprehensive, on-point results quickly....

The USPTO’S EPQI and the Demand for Higher Patent Quality

Over the last several years, much has been written about the United States’ broken patent system. Business and technology leaders have lamented that the system no longer functions to protect innovation, as originally intended, and is in fact now being used by a select...

Patent Research: Free vs. Fee

Why, you might ask, is the subject of Free or Fee still being discussed almost 20 years after the world’s first “free” patent databases were launched in the 1990s?  One of them, IBM’s Patent Server as it was originally called, helped to revolutionize the world of...

No One is Above the Law

How Upholding the Rule of Law Promotes Peaceful, Equitable and Prosperous Societies Though it is often heard, what does the “Rule of Law” actually mean? At its most basic level, it essentially means no one is above the law— every individual, no matter how wealthy or...

Attention IP Counsel: Do You Know Your Value Proposition?

In-house lawyers who are looking for ways to show their value need tools that give them the ability to demonstrate business contributions generated by their department through the creation and management of IP assets. Revolutionary analytics software makes that task...

Micro Entities: the Birth of New Genre of Patent Applicants

One of the lesser talked about aspects of the America Invents Act (AIA) is the creation of a new type of filing entity before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Traditionally, all inventors or companies filing patent applications fell into either...

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...

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