LexisNexis® Releases PTAB Argument Finder, New Tool to Help Patent Attorneys Surface Winning Arguments in USPTO Appeals

New search feature in LexisNexis PatentAdvisor® gives patent professionals quick access to specific arguments that have prevailed in previous PTAB decisions.

NEW YORK, July 6, 2022 — LexisNexis® Legal & Professional, a leading global provider of information and analytics, today announced the introduction of PTAB Argument Finder, an innovative search tool for users of its PatentAdvisor™ solution that enables patent attorneys to quickly locate winning arguments in appeals decided by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

“The ability to locate targeted winning arguments to use in USPTO office action responses and PTAB appeal briefs can be a game-changer for patent attorneys, especially when the stakes in this venue are so high,” said Andrew Matuch, president of LexisNexis ReedTech and Intellectual Property Solutions. “In a recent survey of patent prosecutors relying on examiner statistics, 83% told us that a PTAB Argument Finder tool would be very helpful, so we built it for them.”

The PTAB is a tribunal within the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that reviews rejections made by examiners in proceedings called ex parte appeals and decides patentability questions for issued patents raised by third parties in other litigation proceedings. Last year, there were 7,877 final decisions made by the PTAB, making it the most active forum for patent disputes nationwide, and those decisions were affirmed by federal courts in three of four cases.

PTAB Argument Finder is an intuitive search feature that empowers patent attorneys to identify winning arguments more easily, reduce the amount of time spent preparing PTAB appeals, improve patent prosecution outcomes, and obtain new clients by showcasing their proven track record with PTAB appeals.

“We identified 217 specific legal issues embedded within the thousands of ex parte appeal decisions issued by the PTAB, then developed a search tool that enables patent professionals to surface the relevant arguments that prevailed in similar cases,” said Matuch. “This intelligence can be used to strengthen a response to an office action and make winning arguments on appeal.”

Within PatentAdvisor, users simply go to the PTAB Decisions section that allows them to locate relevant issues from within more than 111,000 PTAB decision documents indexed since 2007. They select the search parameters that match up with their specific case by using common issue tags, run their search, click on the case decisions that pop up, and scroll down to review the relevant highlighted arguments.

Most of the time, attorneys will either search for a sub-issue and view those cases, or limit by a specific examiner to gauge how those previous PTAB cases were decided. After selecting a case of interest, they can easily locate the highlighted arguments using Argument Finder, or jump straight to the case conclusion.

For more information about PatentAdvisor and the new PTAB Argument Finder tool, please go to www.LexisNexisIP.com/PatentAdvisor

About LexisNexis® Legal & Professional

LexisNexis Legal & Professional is a leading global provider of legal, regulatory and business information and analytics that helps customers increase productivity, improve decision-making and outcomes, and advance the rule of law around the world. As a digital pioneer, the company was the first to bring legal and business information online with its Lexis® and Nexis® services. LexisNexis Legal & Professional, which serves customers in more than 160 countries with 10,400 employees worldwide, is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers.

About LexisNexis Intellectual Property Solutions

LexisNexis Intellectual Property Solutions brings clarity to innovation for businesses worldwide. We enable innovators to accomplish more by helping them make informed decisions, be more productive, comply with regulations and ultimately achieve a competitive advantage for their business. Our suite of workflow and analytics solutions (LexisNexis® IP DataDirect, LexisNexis PatentAdvisor®, LexisNexis PatentOptimizer®, LexisNexis® PatentSight® and LexisNexis TotalPatent One®) enables companies to be more efficient and effective at bringing meaningful innovations to our world. We are proud to directly support and serve these innovators in their endeavors to better humankind.

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