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Visual Learning:  A Guide for Patent Professionals

Visual Learning: A Guide for Patent Professionals

Visual learners are those who understand information better when they can see it. While not everyone considers themselves “visual learners” (more so than any other sort, anyway), visual learning is, to varying degrees, a helpful tool for most of us. Visual elements...

5 Ways To Enhance Patent Strategy With Data Analytics

5 Ways To Enhance Patent Strategy With Data Analytics

By Eric Snustad Originally published on Law360.comNot long ago, the primary manner in which patent practitioners would obtain information about a particular examiner’s working style was to actually interview or otherwise work with the examiner, hear reports of...

Announcing the All-New PatentAdvisor Benchmarking Reports™

Announcing the All-New PatentAdvisor Benchmarking Reports™

Easily and objectively compare prosecution outcomes for law firms and companies with the most accurate and objective prosecution performance metrics available. The all-new real-time, fully-customizable PatentAdvisor Benchmarking Reports™ provide reliable...

Stylus Upgrades: Apple Files Patent Application to Expand Capabilities

Stylus Upgrades: Apple Files Patent Application to Expand Capabilities

​The word is out that Apple’s popular iPad Pro® may soon be getting a stylus upgrade. Apple’s U.S. patent application titled “touch-based input for stylus” (U.S. Patent Application No. 16/029,489) put the world on notice that improvements may be on the horizon when it...

Three Ways to Improve Efficiency in the Patent Process

Three Ways to Improve Efficiency in the Patent Process

No one likes to waste time - especially throughout a process like patent prosecution where inefficiencies quickly add up to great expense. The beauty of patent drafting tools is that they take tasks off our plates so we can prosecute our patent applications more...

New Year’s Resolutions, Fitness, and the Patent Office

New Year’s Resolutions, Fitness, and the Patent Office

We arrive in the New Year with optimism and high expectations. As usual, resolutions for self-improvement top the lists of many, and 2020 is the year we are finally going to get in shape. No doubt, fitness is an invaluable part of life as it contributes to our overall...

How to Flow:  Patent Prosecution at Every Phase

How to Flow: Patent Prosecution at Every Phase

Patent prosecution is not always a linear process. It is full of twists, turns, and back-and-forths, but there are undeniably distinct phases of the patent process that the top patent professionals are able to seamlessly and efficiently transition between. From...

Performance Reviews Made Easy with Patent Analytics

Performance Reviews Made Easy with Patent Analytics

Another year is coming to a close, and year-end reviews are on the horizon. Evaluating the performance of your patent applications, patent portfolios, and staff is difficult without the proper metrics and tools. Modern patent prosecution tools provide patent...

Words to Live By:   Wisdom Collides with Patent Analytics

Words to Live By: Wisdom Collides with Patent Analytics

#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...

Examiner ETA™- Changing Perspectives on the Patent Process

Examiner ETA™- Changing Perspectives on the Patent Process

When patent practitioners first began using patent data to improve their performance in patent prosecution, they would usually look to USPTO patent examiner statistics for insight. The drawback to exclusively relying on patent examiner statistics, however, is that...

Determining Patent Value with Patent Prosecution Analytics

Determining Patent Value with Patent Prosecution Analytics

Patent practitioners are turning to patent analytics to uncover key insights. There are many reasons to assess a patent application’s value. Venture capitalists looking to invest in a company may wish to value the company’s patent portfolio to help determine the...

Are U.S. Patent Examiner Statistics Fair?

Are U.S. Patent Examiner Statistics Fair?

Analytics describing what happens at the U.S. patent office have been on the market for almost a decade, most commonly in the form of examiner statistics. It’s no longer news that there is significant outcome variability at the USPTO, and that it’s largely driven by...

How to Automate Office Action Responses

How to Automate Office Action Responses

The amount of ways patent prosecution tools can benefit a patent application has grown significantly. Early on, online patent search tools connected the world and brought national and international patent documents within a few clicks. Patent practitioners caught on...

Setting the Tone of Prosecution with Patent Analytics

Setting the Tone of Prosecution with Patent Analytics

There is no perfect formula for prosecuting a patent, but there is plenty of information out there that can be used to help anticipate a patent examiner's behavior. With accurate predictions, patent applicants can strategize and take actions to increase their chances...

Patent Litigation and “The Ice Cream of the Future”

Patent Litigation and “The Ice Cream of the Future”

Dippin’ Dots are enjoyed around the world. The delicious ice cream pellets can be found most commonly at amusement parks and have been known to hit the spot on a hot day. Despite being recognized and enjoyed globally, the innovative take on a ubiquitous dessert has...

What Prosecution Features are Tied to Positive Litigation Outcomes?

What Prosecution Features are Tied to Positive Litigation Outcomes?

Obtaining patents that will withstand litigation is one of the primarily goals of a good patent practitioner, but unfortunately, it is not always clear which prosecution strategies will ensure positive outcomes in court. Conventional wisdom used to be that a longer...

A Celebration of the Innovations and Influence of NASA

A Celebration of the Innovations and Influence of NASA

The National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) is perhaps the most iconic and influential agency within the United States government. Established in 1958, its mission statement is “to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics...

Predicting Examiner Behavior with PatentAdvisor ETA™

Predicting Examiner Behavior with PatentAdvisor ETA™

The most predictive indicator of prosecution length and complexity developed to date. PatentAdvisor Examiner ETA™ is the newest metric exclusively available on the LexisNexis PatentAdvisor® patent analytics platform. It also happens to be the most predictive...

Webinar: Dissecting Alice at 5 – The Good, Bad & the Ugly

Webinar: Dissecting Alice at 5 – The Good, Bad & the Ugly

Listen as Gene Quinn, President and CEO of IPWatchdog, Inc. hosts a special free webinar discussion focusing on the Alice decision five years later. Joining Gene for this special webinar is Drew Hirshfeld, Commissioner for Patents at the United States Patent and...

A Patent Examiner’s Take on ETA

A Patent Examiner’s Take on ETA

What might a USPTO examiner have to say about this new way to approach patent prosecution? The newest LexisNexis PatentAdvisor® metric has proven to be the most predictive patent metric yet. Each PatentAdvisor Examiner ETA™ helps patent professionals better...

Patent prosecution is the process of drafting, filing, and working with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to establish a patent protection over the rights to a unique invention.

Patent prosecution begins with a unique idea or design. The inventor can then search through databases of accepted, pending, and rejected patents to learn how their idea compares to what is already available. This research stage allows for the inventor to find out if a patent for a similar product already exists. It can also help the inventor discern what distinguishes their product from previous products.

For a patent to be filed and continue to move through the process, it must be drafted with complete, detailed information regarding the invention and claims. A picture of the design is almost always needed. When the draft is ready, it can be submitted to the patent office as an official application. 

A patent examiner will start by verifying that the patent application meets all the criteria to be considered for patentability. This can include originality, meeting formalities, and ensuring the claims are patentable. The examiner will then move to prior art research, similar to the inventor’s initial stage. The examiner will thoroughly research all previous patents to ensure the application does not match anything already approved. 

The examiner and the applicant may interact throughout the process to better understand the application and advance the prosecution. Finally, the examiner will approve, reject, or object to the patent application. The examiner will provide information on why the decision was made, and provide further feedback on how to move forward and what to amend. This can be in the form of an office action, which requires the applicant to create a response in order to continue moving forward with the application.

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