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 professionals with an abundance of patent data and statistics, as well as many methods of dicing up information, to help determine how 2019 looks in retrospect.
Patent Analytics and Digital Briefcases
Before you begin with your annual review consider – who or what are you reviewing? Patent analysis platforms, such as LexisNexis PatentAdvisor®, allow users to tailor their evaluations to include a firm’s overall performance, the performance of a client’s patent portfolio, or the performance of patent applications handled by one or more specific individuals. After gathering relevant patent information, users can then run analytics to better understand what went right and what went wrong in the previous year.
By Firm – PatentAdvisor® makes it easy to place all of your firm’s patents and pending patent applications in a single, convenient, digital workspace (called a “Briefcase” in PatentAdvisor). Users can search for their law firm’s name, and PatentAdvisor will provide a list of all of the USPTO patent documents that mention the firm. Selected documents can then be added to a Briefcase that can be accessed directly from the PatentAdvisor dashboard for evaluation.
By Client – Similar to creating a Briefcase for a law firm, users can rely on PatentAdvisor to gather USPTO patent documents for a specific client. Users can search for patent documents associated with a particular patent assignee, or they can search by document number, to identify patents and patent applications to add to their client Briefcase.
By Professional – If you are looking to assess the performance of an individual or a team, simply search for relevant patent documents using PatentAdvisor and create a Briefcase to begin your assessment.
Once a user has created a Briefcase containing one or more patent documents, they can view data and statistics about the patents and patent applications in the Briefcase using several methods. Depending on the information a user is seeking, or the format in which they would like it presented, they can utilize PatentAdvisor’s Dashboard Exploration, Portfolio Performance Reports, and the Visual Exploration tool for greater insights into their Briefcase performance.
Dashboard Exploration – When users log into PatentAdvisor, the Briefcases they have created are immediately visible in the Portfolio Manager section of the page. Simply click on the Briefcase needing reviewed, and users are presented with a number of options for viewing patent analytics for the selected Briefcase. The Dashboard Exploration button takes users to an interactive analytics page, where users can explore patent data and statistics in an easy-to-use format. Users can review processing times, allowance rates, interview statistics, and more in numerical and graphical formats.
Portfolio Performance Report – If users are short on time or have little interest in the interactive nature of Dashboard Exploration, they can also export Briefcase data in a familiar Excel spreadsheet. By selecting the Portfolio Management Report option, users will be given the opportunity to download a spreadsheet containing essential information, including the application numbers for the patent applications in the Briefcase, the number of office actions received for each application, the types of rejections received, and more.
Visual Exploration – The Visual Exploration tool helps users visualize the makeup of their Briefcases based on a variety of available filters. Users can call upon Heat Maps (like the one shown below) that display patent documents as individual tile representations. Double clicking an application tile takes users to an in-depth analytics page specific to the selected application. Users can also filter out applications using date ranges (filing or disposition dates), classification types (e.g., art units or tech center numbers), application types, examiners, prosecution events (i.e., the number of RCE’s filed), or examiner statistics. Filters make it easy for users to identify patent applications that are problematic or need additional attention, which can inform how a Briefcase is performing as a whole.
Performance reviews are not always pretty, but annual assessments might as well be simple. The PatentAdvisor patent prosecution platform enables users to group USPTO patent data and easily analyze the performance of their firm, client portfolios, and employees.
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