Strategic Drafting With Patent Analytics Tools
Art Unit Statistics and Examiner Compositions
At the time of filing, many patent applicants and patent practitioners alike fail to consider that all USPTO art units are different. With just a glance at art unit statistics using the LexisNexis PatentAdvisor® patent analytics platform, patent professionals come to understand that art units vary wildly in their allowance rates, prosecution lengths, appeal statistics and other critical metrics. Moreover, each art unit is unique in its proportions of “difficult,” “moderate” and “easy” examiners.
The key to better performance throughout the patent process is acknowledging that a single application could be appropriately assigned to any one of several art units. By using patent analytics tools to identify an application’s potential art unit matches and which of those art units have the most applicant-friendly examiner proportions, patent professionals can then use analytics to draft applications to improve the odds that they will be reviewed by applicant-friendly examiners.
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Aiming for a Better Art Unit
The language, terminology and framing used in drafting an application all influence which art unit the USPTO will choose as the best fit for evaluating the application. Before filing, using patent analytics tools, patent practitioners are able to analyze portions of their application drafts using the LexisNexis PathWays™ tool to determine which art units are likely to be assigned to the application. PatentAdvisor analytics also communicate which of those art units provide users with the best opportunity to receive a statistically favorable examiner. If a user’s draft is more likely to be assigned to a difficult group of examiners, PatentAdvisor can suggest the language that should be included and omitted from the document draft to help guide it to an art unit with a more favorable composition of examiners.
Understanding how art units are paired to applications is more meaningful than many patent practitioners may realize. Because each art unit differs in its relative difficulty, the fate of an application may depend on which art unit is chosen by the USPTO. Patent analytics tools like PatentAdvisor reveal the path an application is likely to take through the USPTO’s process, but patent professionals can then use PatentAdvisor insights to steer their applications in a better direction.
LexisNexis PathWays™ provides clear direction toward success when drafting patent applications. For more on how PathWays can improve patent drafting download the fact sheet.
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