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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...

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...

A Closer Look at Patent PDFs in LexisNexis® TotalPatent®

  These days, most patent researchers expect patent information providers to provide access to PDF patent documents. Doing anything less seems laggardly. For many years now, patent PDFs have been downloadable for free from services like Google...

The Rise of the Patent Troll

“Patent troll” has come to be known as a term for the purchaser of a patent (often from a bankrupt firm), who sues another company claiming that one of its products infringes on the purchased patent. However, this new owner of the patent never intends to manufacture...

Key Events in Patent History

To date, the U.S. patent program has generated over 9 million patents. It’s actually quite interesting to study the progression of patent volumes between 1790 and today. What is most fascinating is to observe the accelerating pace of innovation over the past two...

HTTPS For Patent Research Resources: 4 Key Questions To Ask

In a recent article, we discussed why patent researchers should use HTTPS as much as possible when using the web to do sensitive research. Here is a list of 4 key questions to ask when evaluating your research resources for HTTPS goodness. 1. Is there an option to use...

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...

The Early History of the U.S. Patent Office

Simply described, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is an agency in the U.S. Department of Commerce that issues patents to inventors and businesses for their inventions, and trademark registration for product and intellectual property...

A Goliath Story: Challenging the Constitutionality of IPRs

Post issue review processes like inter partes review (IPR) were touted during drafting passage of the America Invents Act (AIA) as the perfect tool to combat the plague of non-practicing entities, more commonly known as patent trolls.  However, reality turned out to...

3 Enemies of Patent Prosecution

The journey of an innovative idea from prototype to patented invention faces three primary adversaries. Each of them can be mitigated by the use of today’s advanced patent analytics tools. Time. Before the United States switched from the first-to-invent standard to...

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...

The Value of Content in Your Patent Research Tool

A century ago, the population of the United States was 100 million. By 2006, there were 100 million websites on the Internet. And astronomers believe that there are about 100 million planets in our galaxy that could support life. Any way you look at it, 100 million is...

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...

Analysis of Biotech Patent Prosecution in IP Watchdog

In the biotechnology industry, in which R&D costs can be substantial, companies must determine whether to pursue applications based on abstract ideas, laws of nature and natural phenomena—often a grey area for patent protection. In the wake of recent Supreme Court...

Automate Portfolio Alerts with Prosecution Pattern Monitoring

Companies are constantly struggling to stay ahead of the tidal wave of information that floods their offices every day.  This is especially true for patentees who wish to maintain a competitive edge in an already crowded marketplace.  For companies and firms managing...

Improve Patent Prosecution Strategy with Unique USPTO Insight

Is your internal process of shepherding patent applications from filing through to approval driven by intuition and trial and error rather than actionable data and insight? The IP team at one innovative medical device company identified that navigating patent...

Patent Research Tools and Optimal Productivity: 3 Key Factors

Patent research can sometimes feel like an endurance sport. Executing thorough and diligent searches requires tenacity, attention to detail, and long periods of intensely focused analysis and repeated decision making. So how can we make life a little easier? Choose...

Better Patent Drafting Starts With this Tool

When is a cell phone not a cell phone? When it is an English “mobile phone,” a French“le téléphone portable,” a Turkish “cep telefonu pocket phone” or even an Israeli “Pelephone” (wonder phone). In the world of patent claim drafting, knowing this information could...

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