#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 only a little bit of information at a time. Be that as it may, prior art from anywhere can impact an invention’s novelty, obviousness, and its patentability, so a broad patent search for as many relevant patents and patent documents as possible is a necessary part of the patent process. The LexisNexis TotalPatent One® patent search platform allows users to search over 100 worldwide patent databases and provides on-point results from over 100,000,000 patent documents to ensure breadth without needing to visit multiple patent archives.
#2 – Choose Your Words Carefully
Patent prosecution at its finest requires clear and accurate patent drafting. A well-crafted patent application meets patentability guidelines, is adequately broad, and leads to the issuance of a patent with minimal input from a patent examiner. LexisNexis PatentOptimizer® assists users in drafting solid, defensible patents by ensuring applications contain proper written descriptions, recognizing vague and indefinite claim language, marking claim terms that lack proper antecedent basis, identifying functional claim language that is missing the recitation of corresponding structure in the specification, and identifying and correcting inconsistent parts of names and numbers.
#3 – Know Your Enemy
One enemy is consistently present in the context of patents – the patent examiner who stands in the way of your patent. LexisNexis PatentAdvisor® patent analysis tools help predict your assigned patent examiner’s future decisions and can provide informative patent statistics that shape your patent strategy. The world’s most predictive patent metric, Examiner ETA™, is based on a proprietary algorithm that combines a patent examiner’s USPTO patent data with his or her experience level and the circumstances surrounding a patent application’s examination. The result is a numerical value that PatentAdvisor® users can utilize to determine which decisions their examiner will make, the expected duration of patent prosecution, and what actions can be taken to improve patent prosecution outcomes.
#4 – Leave Nothing to Waste
Patent practitioners who wish to save their clients time and money can leverage patent analytics to prosecute applications more efficiently. Historical patent data tells the story of how specific art units and individual patent examiners have handled similar patent prosecution cases in the past. Insightful patent data, such as the number of office actions patent examiner typically issues before allowing a patent or the level of success that other patent applicants have achieved after filing RCEs, can be used to make calculated decisions that reduce USPTO correspondence and fast-track the prosecution process. The PatentAdvisor patent analysis platform reveals valuable USPTO patent data so that users can traverse patent prosecution with less waste.
#5 – No One Ever Became Poor By Giving
Patent practitioners should always keep the best interests of their clients in mind. Inaccurate estimates and long delays not only disappoint clients, they represent missed opportunities to deliver the positive experience that clients deserve. LexisNexis patent products provide patent professionals with control over patent prosecution so that they can consistently meet client expectations.
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