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How to Flow: Patent Prosecution at Every Phase

How to Flow: Patent Prosecution at Every Phase

Patent prosecution is not always a linear process. It is full of twists, turns, and back-and-forths, but there are undeniably distinct phases of the patent process that the top patent professionals are able to seamlessly and efficiently transition between. From...

Words to Live By: Wisdom Collides with Patent Analytics

Words to Live By: Wisdom Collides with Patent Analytics

#1 - Take It All In (And Do Not Miss A Thing) When it comes to patent searches, “taking it all in” is easier said than done. Nearly every patent authority around the world has their own patent database, so completing a broad, global search has always meant taking in...

How China is Changing the Global Patent System – Webinar Recording

How China is Changing the Global Patent System – Webinar Recording

Listen as Gene Quinn, president and CEO of IPWatchdog, Inc. discusses how China will fundamentally change the global IP system and what you need to be doing to prepare for this shift in the patent and innovation center of gravity. Joining Gene is Rob Sterne, founding...

Virtual Reality Patents: A World of Imagination

Virtual Reality Patents: A World of Imagination

The virtual reality revolution is literally changing the way we see the world. The incredible advances in technology make it possible for people to artificially explore foreign environments from the comfort of their own home. The growth of virtual reality, despite...

5 Time-Saving Tips for Patent Searching – Webinar Recording

5 Time-Saving Tips for Patent Searching – Webinar Recording

Watch this on demand product-in-action webinar recording as Allison Gathard-Esposto, Customer Adoption Specialist at LexisNexis IP takes you through the ways that you can save time and effort with the LexisNexis TotalPatent One tool. With 107 authorities you can...

Top 5 Patent Search Questions

Top 5 Patent Search Questions

Common Client Questions and How Patent Searches Can Help Find Answers #1. "Can I make, use, and/or sell my product?" In all reality, your client may not have the foresight to ask, but a patent professional knows that launching a product without conducting a patent...

AIA Best Practices: A Holistic Approach to Patent Prosecution

AIA Best Practices: A Holistic Approach to Patent Prosecution

A lot has changed since the America Invents Act (the “AIA”) switched up the United States patent system from a “first-to-invent” to a “first-to-file” system back in 2013, and that includes some of the most basic advice patent practitioners provide to their clients....

Patent Litigation and “The Ice Cream of the Future”

Patent Litigation and “The Ice Cream of the Future”

Dippin’ Dots are enjoyed around the world. The delicious ice cream pellets can be found most commonly at amusement parks and have been known to hit the spot on a hot day. Despite being recognized and enjoyed globally, the innovative take on a ubiquitous dessert has...

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Patent Documents

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Patent Documents

Patent searches are intrinsically challenging because they require combing through a seemingly infinite amount of prior art in a finite amount of time to determine which patent references are relevant. There are hundreds of patent authorities around the world with...

5 Ways to Use Patent Data Analytics to Boost Business Development

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...

Over, Under, or Through: Overcoming Obstacles in Patent Searches

Over, Under, or Through: Overcoming Obstacles in Patent Searches

Anyone who deals with patent prosecution knows that difficulties constantly arise throughout the patent process. For example, in the patent search phase, where the goal may be to gather as much pertinent information from around the world as possible, figuring out how...

Solving the World’s Biggest Problems with Patents

Solving the World’s Biggest Problems with Patents

Applicants address areas of global need with solutions that will help preserve the earth for future generations. Patent applicants often propose solutions to needs, from simple to complex. The patent workflow solutions that are offered by LexisNexis® IP are designed...

Who Has The Best Patents For Machine Learning?

Who Has The Best Patents For Machine Learning?

The landscape of machine learning from a patent perspective A look at the machine learning patent landscape shows that Microsoft and Alphabet currently hold the most - and highest quality - patents. However, the data also shows that leadership positions can change...

USPTO Profiles Women Inventors

USPTO Profiles Women Inventors

In early February 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released a document titled “Progress and Potential: A profile of women inventors on U.S. Patents.” Packed with interesting information about how and where women inventors have contributed to...

Patenting a Championship

Patenting a Championship

Innovations that Made the Super Bowl Safer and Cooler Super Bowl LIII is in the books with a record-breaking win. Like every Super Bowl before it, this year’s NFL championship was a spectacle not only of talent, but also technology. Unlike past championships, this...

Seasons Greetings and Holiday Patents Worldwide

Seasons Greetings and Holiday Patents Worldwide

The most wonderful time of the year has arrived again. This week we dive into a breakdown of holiday patent applications filed around the globe and a few of the holiday patent applications published in recent years. Holiday Patent Breakdown Curious to know what types...

Six Thanksgiving Inventions That Can Enrich Your Meal-Time Experience

Six Thanksgiving Inventions That Can Enrich Your Meal-Time Experience

1) “Rotisserie Turkey Deep Fryer” - (US Application No. 15/923,578) Filing Date:               March 16, 2018Published:                September 20, 2018 This patent pending invention may look similar to other home fryers, but this patent application’s background...

Fall Back into the Past

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Patriotic Patents: Five Patented Inventions for July 4th Festivities

Patriotic Patents: Five Patented Inventions for July 4th Festivities

The United States has a fantastic history of dreaming big, accomplishing the impossible, and innovating constantly. We have countless reasons to take a day to appreciate the progress our great nation has made. With our great country turning another year older, it only...

How to Be a Patent Prosecution Triple Threat

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...

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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