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 of an effective patent practitioner. Of course, the key is to focus strictly on the variables that are within control. Advanced patent prosecution tools help patent practitioners take control of many stages of the patent process to increase the likelihood of positive prosecution outcomes.
The Search for Prior Art
Prior art searches have always added an element of uncertainty to the patent process due to the sheer volume of prior art references that exist. References that could potentially affect patentability could be tucked away in any corner of the world, but patent professionals have a finite amount of time to spend conducting prior art searches. As a result, patent practitioners must be both selective and strategic in how they allocate their time searching the many global patent authority databases.
Regardless of the size of the task, comprehensive prior art searches are important because prior art needs to be reviewed in order to properly evaluate an invention’s patentability. Having a clear picture of existing prior art helps patent practitioners draft their applications to avoid novelty and obviousness rejections. With so much on the line, it is imperative for patent practitioners to take as much control of their prior art searches as possible. Modern patent search platforms like LexisNexis TotalPatent One® empower users by allowing them to search more than 100 worldwide patent databases simultaneously from a single search engine. With customizable search filters and intuitive patent document summaries, TotalPatent One® gives professionals more control over their patent searches than other patent search tools.
Drafting Quality Patent Applications
Patent professionals may have more control over patent drafting than any other phase of patent prosecution, but rejections and objections rooted in drafting mistakes are way more common than one might expect. Drafting a quality patent application requires much more than flawless spelling and grammar; a truly high-quality patent application is free of all of the defects that could cause a patent examiner to issue a rejection. Patent drafting tools like LexisNexis PatentOptimizer® grant control over document quality by conducting comprehensive patent quality checks more quickly and efficiently than what can be done manually. This includes checks to ensure that Section 112 written description and enablement requirements have been met, patent drawings are adequately described in the specification, and labels and terminology are used consistently throughout the patent document, among many other features. By improving patent draft quality with PatentOptimizer®, patent professionals can reduce the prevalence of rejections and objections that costs clients time and money.
The key to thriving in uncertainty is to focus on the things that are within your control. LexisNexis® IP patent prosecution tools cut through uncertainty by facilitating greater control over many stages of the patent process. With patent solutions like the TotalPatent One patent search platform and PatentOptimizer patent drafting software, patent practitioners can tap into vast databases and patent analytics for better patent prosecution outcomes.
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