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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...

Five Election Patents that Shaped the Democratic Process

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

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...

4×4 Patent Searches to Make Your Life Easier

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...

Exploring the “Vaping” Trend with LexisNexis TotalPatent One®

Exploring the “Vaping” Trend with LexisNexis TotalPatent One®

You have probably noticed that “vaping” has become extremely trendy and quite controversial due to its appeal to teenagers and the potential harm it causes to users. Yes, the puffs of white vapor that fill the air on sidewalks and other busy areas might be...

The Pinnacle of Patent Search Evolution

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

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

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...

TotalPatent One And The USPTO’s Seven Step Patent Search Strategy

TotalPatent One And The USPTO’s Seven Step Patent Search Strategy

Patent practitioners who have visited the USPTO’s website for information on searching for patents and published patent applications have likely stumbled upon the USPTO reference titled "The Seven Steps in a Preliminary Search of U.S. Patents and Published Patent...

Four Reasons to Search In-House

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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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