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Quality Patent Searches with LexisNexis TotalPatent One®

Quality Patent Searches with LexisNexis TotalPatent One®

It may sound outlandish but constructing and executing quality patent searches has a lot in common with erecting any physical structure. It is best to begin with a solid foundation in either scenario but, in the case of patent searches, the foundation’s quality...

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...

Evaluate Patent Records Early in the Patent Process

Evaluate Patent Records Early in the Patent Process

Patent analysis is not just something to be done once throughout the patent process. Analyses of prior art references, patent drafts and patent examiner data all have their place and provide their own unique insights that help patent professionals better serve their...

Use Modern Patent Search Tools for Better Results

Use Modern Patent Search Tools for Better Results

It is easy to develop tunnel vision when doing the things that we do the most. It seems practical, whether consciously considered or not, to keep performing tasks the same way we always have rather than committing time and energy to exploring alternative solutions to...

Patent Tools for Avoiding Office Actions

Patent Tools for Avoiding Office Actions

Problems are generally much less costly to avoid than to fix. A simple oil change can help prevent a blown engine, and a green salad here and there can help prevent future disease. For patent practitioners, thorough planning and drafting can help prevent the issuance...

Streamline the Patent Process with Research and Drafting Tools

Streamline the Patent Process with Research and Drafting Tools

As patent practitioners, we often acknowledge and utilize the stages of the patent process to manage expectations, while providing a road map to our clients. We begin with prior art searches, and if the results look promising, we move on to drafting a patent...

Conducting Patent Searches Using the CPC Scheme

Conducting Patent Searches Using the CPC Scheme

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has finalized its transition to the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) scheme for classifying patent applications and for patent application routing within the USPTO. A joint effort between the USPTO and...

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...

LexisNexis TotalPatent One® New Patent Search Tool

LexisNexis TotalPatent One® New Patent Search Tool

The LexisNexis TotalPatent One® patent search tool is designed to deliver on-point results derived from a comprehensive and in-depth content collection of patent and non-patent literature.   To provide the best possible patent search tool, we use an iterative process...

LexisNexis TotalPatent One® Exciting New Enhancements

LexisNexis TotalPatent One® Exciting New Enhancements

The LexisNexis TotalPatent One® patent research solution is designed to deliver on-point results derived from globally issued patents, published patent applications and utility models.  To provide the best possible experience for you, we use an iterative process of...

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...

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....

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....

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 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...

Sophisticated Solutions for Patent Portfolio Management

Sophisticated Solutions for Patent Portfolio Management

​The benefits of worldwide 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...

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...

Take Control of the Patent Process

Take Control of the Patent Process

The patent process is rife with uncontrollable variables that are material to the outcome of patent prosecution—the most illustrative example is the predisposition of the patent examiner assigned to the case. The ability to manage and operate in uncertainty is a mark...

LexisNexis TotalPatent One® Enhancements Now Available

LexisNexis TotalPatent One® Enhancements Now Available

Patent Research Solution Patents can be among a company’s most significant assets. In order to protect, develop and maintain these valuable assets, IP professionals and researchers need a patent research tool that yields both complete and relevant content from...

Five Election Patents that Shaped the Democratic Process

Five Election Patents that Shaped the Democratic Process

As great as the election processes of the United States are compared to those of many other nations, voting in the United States has always had room for improvement. Where there is room for improvement, innovation follows, and the five following United States Patent...

Five Stages for Patent Efficiency

Five Stages for Patent Efficiency

Patent applicants and professionals are in for the long haul when they enter patent prosecution, which typically unfolds over the course of several years. The silver lining of the lengthy patent process is that each subsequent stage presents an opportunity to use...

Fast Examiners; Slow Examiners; and Patent Allowance

Fast Examiners; Slow Examiners; and Patent Allowance

Although we know that individual patent examiners can greatly affect an inventor’s chance to (1) get a patent at all and (2) get it in a timely way, there has been very little work determining how examiners are able to either delay or compact prosecution while still...

Assessing Patent Rights in a Global Market

Assessing Patent Rights in a Global Market

Generally speaking, an integrated world is great for business. Currently the world is so integrated in terms of information exchange and logistics, that businesses based on opposite sides of the planet can easily share their resources, whether they be manufacturing...

Four Reasons to Search with a Global Mindset

Four Reasons to Search with a Global Mindset

The world is the same size it has always been, but it definitely feels smaller. We are united by information, which has drastically increased the need to approach patent searches with a global mindset. If your patent searches are still being limited to only a few...

Patent research can be a challenging job. There is a lot to know before you submit your application to the patent office. Whether you’re the inventor or working on behalf of a client, obtaining a patent contains many steps, submissions, and sometimes even interviews. To be successful, utilize all the information you can find. A great place to start is this portal, created to help you find relevant information and updates pertaining to patent research.

To begin your patent application and research, consider using the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Seven Step Strategy. First, brainstorm terms related to what the invention is and what it does. Next, find relevant patents. Have similar patents been filed? Is yours different enough? Should you mention these patents in your filing? Answer all these questions by researching your keywords and terms. Based on the results of your research and terms, determine your CPC Classification Definition on the USPTO website. By utilizing your keywords, you will be auto-classified. Determine whether that classification is relevant to your patent application. Next, review the relevant patents to your classification to understand your segment of patent processing and connect the requirements with how they are utilized in approved patents. These relevant patents will be found under PatFT, or Patent Full-Text and Image. Review each document to understand the parts of the process. Because they are similar to your patent in terms of CPC Classification, they likely had a similar patent journey. Once you have understood each of the most relevant documents, revisit your CPC Classification and retrieve relevant applications. These will be found under AppFT, or Application Full-Text and Image. Now that you have reviewed each relevant patent, reviewing those in process or those which are rejected will help you further understand your classification niche. Finally, broaden your search. Look at similar classifications for patents and applications. Review their language and drawings. By utilizing these steps, you will ensure you understand the language, requirements, and pieces of an application necessary to give your patent its highest opportunity for success. 

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