Patent Examiner Statistics: PatentAdvisor ETA™

The single most informative metric for predicting Patent Examiner behavior exclusive to LexisNexis PatentAdvisor®.
Predict Your Examiner’s Behavior
ETA™ predicts both the likelihood and difficulty of obtaining a patent

Now you can easily, and with more accuracy than ever, predict your assigned examiner’s behavior. With variability at every level of the USPTO, use ETA to visually see how efficient or inefficient your assigned examiner works and tailor your prosecution strategy accordingly.

ETA’s inventors discuss why this metric is revolutionary:
ETA vs. Examiner Allowance Rate
ETA is more accurate and a better predictor of examiner’s behavior than Examiner Allowance Rate because it:
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Includes all pending applications

Factors in how long the examiner has been at the Patent Office

Is driven by the examiner’s behaviors, not by the filer’s actions

Superior in Predictability to Examiner Allowance Rate
ETA predicts both the likelihood and difficulty of obtaining a patent

ETA is a PatentAdvisor™ exclusive metric that is based on a proprietary algorithm that measures how an examiner behaves. It is a predictive indicator of prosecution length that can easily identify cases that require extra care and a carefully crafted prosecution strategyKnow when to build your strongest approach and when to appeal. 

With ETA, LexisNexis IP helps our customers better understand their length of prosecution or anticipated number of office actions. All so you can expedite your success.

Effectively predict your assigned examiner’s behavior.
Predict Your Examiner’s Behavior

Instantly Identify Your Favorability with Color Coding

We have further broken down the ETA data point into easy-to-understand color categories that identify, in the most simplistic terms, whether you have been assigned a favorable or less favorable examiner.

Red = ETA of 6+, indicating a high likelihood of long prosecution length. The examiner may have less experience, grant less than 15 applications per year on average, or have a high backlog of pending cases.

Yellow = ETA of 2.6-5.9, indicating mediocre prosecution length. The examiner has average experience and grants between 15-150 applications per year, on average.

Green = ETA of .1-2.5, indicating high likelihood of a short prosecution length. The examiner has lots of experience and grants over 150 applications per year, on average.