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Five Election Patents that Shaped the Democratic Process

Midterm elections are now behind us and the nation has a restored our memory of the beauty and challenges that accompany our democratic processes. As great as our election processes are compared to those of many other nations, voting in the United States has always...

Fall Back into the Past

The LexisNexis TotalPatent One® patent search platform makes it easy for inventors and patent practitioners to reflect the world’s patent history. Summer is over, and fall is back again. It is time to enjoy falling leaves, warm seasonal drinks, and maybe a bonfire or...

Inspecting the Hotel Room of the Future

Patent analytics tools give a clue to what we might expect in the coming years Ever wonder how future hotels will differ from those today? The “Business Productivity Room” patented on June 19th, 2018 offers a glimpse into how major hotel players envision providing...

Three Ways to Enhance Your Design Patent Searches

LexisNexis TotalPatent One® is a one-stop shop for design patent searches that can make things quicker and easier. Designers, artists, companies, and anyone who produces an aesthetically pleasing product should consider design patents. While utility patents protect...

Discovering World Patents

The world is not as small as it once was. Technological news and patent documents can be shared across our planet in a fraction of a second. Yet, while information may not be subject to geographic borders, patent protection remains very territorial. A patent granted...

The “Brewing of Beer” Patent Groupings

Dating back to at least 5,000 BC in Iran, beer is one of the oldest beverages humans have produced. Beer was described in ancient writings from Egypt and Mesopotamia, and today over 6,200 craft beer breweries are in operation in the United States alone. Beer is so...

Three Ways Chinese Patents Can Impact Your Business

The relationship between the United States and China is complicated. Over time, relations have remained generally stable despite a few periods of conflict, and the U.S. and China have maintained the roles of both rivals and economic partners. With the United States...

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...

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...

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