The Hero’s Journey and the Four Champions of Patent Prosecution

Dec 17, 2020

Featured Image-The Heros Journey

Most people are familiar with the “hero’s journey.” Popularized by Joseph Campbell in the mid-twentieth century, it describes the common progression of the stages in literary or cinematic epics that our favorite heroes experience. There are 12 total stages in the hero’s journey, but some of the greater themes include a hero receiving a call to action, overcoming challenges and ultimately succeeding on his or her journey.

When distilled down to its major themes, the hero’s journey is a fair metaphor for the patent process. In the case of patent prosecution, the heroic patent professional is called to action by their client, overcomes challenges in the forms of patent examiner rejections and objections and finally, in the cases with happy endings, successfully obtains a patent for their client from the USPTO. However, the hero’s journey is never a walk in the park, and heroes always need a champion to help them through the toughest times.

When a hero is in need, a champion appears to provide help. Often, help takes the form of guidance or advice. In the patent world, champions appear as the patent prosecution tools heroes need to fight their way to patent issuance.

Champion #1: LexisNexis TotalPatent One®

The TotalPatent One® patent search platform is the champion of efficient and effective patent searches. Allowing users to access over 110 million patent documents from over 100 worldwide patent authorities from a single patent search tool, the convenience and user-friendly design of TotalPatent One eases the daunting task of conducting a thorough patent search.

Updated TotalPatent One Software

Champion #2: LexisNexis PatentOptimizer®

When it comes to patent drafting, the PatentOptimizer® patent drafting tool helps heroes draft high-quality patent applications. PatentOptimizer analyzes patent drafts and helps users check their patent claims for proper antecedent basis or possible lack of support in the disclosure, terminology for court rulings, multiple claim sets for new matter and consistency in part labeling and numbering. It can also insert pre-formatted citations and hyperlinks, and automatically renumber claims and references during final editing. PatentOptimizer reduces the likelihood of receiving rejections and objections and helps to ensure patent heroes face fewer challenges before their success.

Champion #3: LexisNexis PatentAdvisor® Patent Examiner Analytics

If PatentAdvisor™ were to be cast in an epic adventure, it would play the role of the soothsayer who provides heroes with wisdom about the future. The PatentAdvisor patent analytics platform provides users with USPTO patent statistics, performance metrics and other useful information to help with patent prosecution process. By analyzing a patent examiner’s historical patent data, PatentAdvisor can help users make logical predictions about the actions their assigned patent examiners will take and can advise on how to best respond to examiner actions.

Exclusive Patent Analysis on LexisNexis PatentAdvisor

Champion #4: The PatentOptimizer Office Action Response (OAR) Tool 

 The PatentOptimizer OAR tool is the champion patent practitioners need when they get knocked down and need help back up. When patent professionals receive an office action, the OAR tool can help them draft their responses so they are likely to overcome the obstacle. By identifying the arguments made by other USPTO patent applicants that were successful in overcoming similar office actions, the OAR tool makes drafting suggestions and can even build a template response for its users. 

 Patent professionals are heroes in the story of patent prosecution, but even heroes need help. LexisNexis® IP develops patent prosecution tools with heroes in mind and provides the champions they need the most. 

 More about LexisNexis IP products: 

New Call-to-action

Latest IP News & Analysis:

Expanding Roles with Patent-Driven Business Intelligence

Patent attorneys wear many different hats as patent drafters, prosecutors and problem solvers, but their role as an advisor outside of the patent process is often overlooked. Patent professionals have knowledge and experience that can be applied to help their clients...

Streamline the Patent Process with Research and Drafting Tools

As patent practitioners, we often acknowledge and utilize the stages of the patent process to manage expectations, while providing a road map to our clients. We begin with prior art searches, and if the results look promising, we move on to drafting a patent...

Create High-Quality Patent Applications with LexisNexis® PatentOptimizer®

As patent professionals, how do we define successful patent prosecution? Surely, we strive for more than simply obtaining a patent for our client. It is also important that our clients’ patent rights are unambiguous and enforceable, and that our jobs are performed...

On-Demand Webinar: Using Patent Analytics to Identify Innovation Growth Areas

What you’ll learn in this webinar:Types of IndefinitenessLearn about the types of problems that patent applications face and what patent practitioners should do.Nautilus and Its ProgenyGet a look inside the Nautilus, Inc. ruling and a view of where we stand today with...

M&A Due Diligence with LexisNexis® PatentSight®

Patent practitioners have unique skill sets that are typically reserved for patent prosecution. However, those skills can be quite valuable in other areas, such as when extensive due diligence is required for a client considering the acquisition of another company....

Three Ways Scammers Target the World’s Biggest Sporting Event

Covid-19 isn’t the only nuisance antagonizing this year’s Summer Games in Tokyo. Concerted efforts by scammers to capitalize on the world’s most anticipated sporting event are underway, highlighting the escalating requirement for smarter and more efficient brand...