Gain insight into your application’s future to help you develop data-driven filing strategies and budget plans

LexisNexis PathWays™ provides clear direction when preparing and drafting patent applications

LexisNexis PathWays

Avoid getting your patent application stuck in a low-allowance technology center group

Even similar technology center groups can have as much as 50 percent variability* in allowance rates. Influence the likelihood and the time it takes to get your patent approved with LexisNexis PathWays.

PathWays is the first-to-market tool that most accurately predicts the path your application is expected to take at the USPTO, and helps guide you toward the best technology center by characterizing your invention in a way that will get you the best quality patent in the shortest time.

A highly sophisticated first-of-its-kind patent classification engine

PathWays offers insight and unique visualizations of the “character” of technology center groups to which your application is most likely to be assigned

Further craft your patent application to the proper tech center with the comprehensive and reliable predictive analytics on USPTO tech centers. Enter a single word or an entire draft application and the easy-to-use tool will guide you to the best path.

PathWays enables you to:


Direct your application to the group of examiners who best understand your technology


Draft your application so it aligns with the technology center group that represents the best fit for your patent

Make budget-based decisions on which applications to file

*Variability percentage based on art unit 3688 (transportation, construction, electronic commerce, agriculture, national security and license & review) with a 27.4% allowance rate and average 4 years, 5 months, 16 days to issuance. Compared to art unit 3681 (SAME title) with a 74.7% allowance rate and average of 2 years, 8 months, 15 days to issuance.

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Can I Please Get A New Patent Examiner?

In this Better Patents Now podcast episode, Chris and Megan discuss the challenges of getting a new examiner by filing a continuation application. In spite of the difficulties, this strategy has worked for some attorneys with the right tools—including LexisNexis PathWays™. PathWays predicts which group of examiners an application will be assigned to, and helps guide users toward more favorable assignments. Using this tool, Chris and Megan work through the ideation process for an example continuation filing aimed at getting a different examiner.

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