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Sophisticated Solutions for Patent Portfolio Management

Sophisticated Solutions for Patent Portfolio Management

​The benefits of patent data and analytics are clear at every stage of the patent process. From helping patent prosecutors strategically draft patent application content to predicting a patent examiner’s next move in prosecution, having more information on hand leads...

Improve Your Patent Search Experience

Improve Your Patent Search Experience

Most patent search tools are purely utilitarian. They provide access to patent documents in a database but do very little to make searching a pleasurable experience. LexisNexis® IP designs its products with its users in mind. That is why the LexisNexis TotalPatent...

Take Control of the Patent Process

Take Control of the Patent Process

The patent process is rife with uncontrollable variables that are material to the outcome of patent prosecution—the most illustrative example is the predisposition of the patent examiner assigned to the case. The ability to manage and operate in uncertainty is a mark...

LexisNexis TotalPatent One® Enhancements Now Available

LexisNexis TotalPatent One® Enhancements Now Available

Patents can be among a company’s most significant assets. In order to protect, develop and maintain these valuable assets, IP professionals and researchers need a patent research tool that yields both complete and relevant content from authorities across the globe....

Five Election Patents that Shaped the Democratic Process

Five Election Patents that Shaped the Democratic Process

As great as the election processes of the United States are compared to those of many other nations, voting in the United States has always had room for improvement. Where there is room for improvement, innovation follows, and the five following United States Patent...

Five Stages for Patent Efficiency

Five Stages for Patent Efficiency

Patent applicants and professionals are in for the long haul when they enter patent prosecution, which typically unfolds over the course of several years. The silver lining of the lengthy patent process is that each subsequent stage presents an opportunity to use...

Fast Examiners; Slow Examiners; and Patent Allowance

Fast Examiners; Slow Examiners; and Patent Allowance

Although we know that individual patent examiners can greatly affect an inventor’s chance to (1) get a patent at all and (2) get it in a timely way, there has been very little work determining how examiners are able to either delay or compact prosecution while still...

Assessing Patent Rights in a Global Market

Assessing Patent Rights in a Global Market

Generally speaking, an integrated world is great for business. Currently the world is so integrated in terms of information exchange and logistics, that businesses based on opposite sides of the planet can easily share their resources, whether they be manufacturing...

Four Reasons to Search with a Global Mindset

Four Reasons to Search with a Global Mindset

The world is the same size it has always been, but it definitely feels smaller. We are united by information, which has drastically increased the need to approach patent searches with a global mindset. If your patent searches are still being limited to only a few...

How USPTO Examiner Type Affects Patents

How USPTO Examiner Type Affects Patents

By Michael Sartori & Matt WelchOriginally published on Law360.comMichael Sartori, a partner, and Matt Welch, an associate at Baker Botts, LLP used data from LexisNexis PatentAdvisor® to complete an analysis on ten years of examiner data from the eight non-design...

A History of Diseases Triumphed by Innovation

A History of Diseases Triumphed by Innovation

The world is a scary place right now as we all watch the global COVID-19 pandemic continue to grow and impact the lives of everyone. Between the social distancing and relentless media coverage, it is easy to fall into a place of worry and sadness. While we are all...

How to Search a Patent Idea To Match Company Needs

How to Search a Patent Idea To Match Company Needs

Patent searches provide value beyond their use in patent prosecution—they tell stories of business and innovation, both past and future. When properly tailored to a specific need, the stories told by patent search results help companies and professionals to: gain a...

Three Inventions Helping Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Three Inventions Helping Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Drastic measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 have already been implemented around the globe, including forced closures of “non-essential” businesses and “shelter-in-place” orders issued by many state and local governments. While reducing the amount of contact...

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...

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...

How China is Changing the Global Patent System – Webinar Recording

How China is Changing the Global Patent System – Webinar Recording

Listen as Gene Quinn, president and CEO of IPWatchdog, Inc. discusses how China will fundamentally change the global IP system and what you need to be doing to prepare for this shift in the patent and innovation center of gravity. Joining Gene is Rob Sterne, founding...

Virtual Reality Patents: A World of Imagination

Virtual Reality Patents: A World of Imagination

The virtual reality revolution is literally changing the way we see the world. The incredible advances in technology make it possible for people to artificially explore foreign environments from the comfort of their own home. The growth of virtual reality, despite...

5 Time-Saving Tips for Patent Searching – Webinar Recording

5 Time-Saving Tips for Patent Searching – Webinar Recording

Watch this on demand product-in-action webinar recording as Allison Gathard-Esposto, Customer Adoption Specialist at LexisNexis IP takes you through the ways that you can save time and effort with the LexisNexis TotalPatent One tool. With 107 authorities you can...

Top 5 Patent Search Questions

Top 5 Patent Search Questions

Common Client Questions and How Patent Searches Can Help Find Answers #1. "Can I make, use, and/or sell my product?" In all reality, your client may not have the foresight to ask, but a patent professional knows that launching a product without conducting a patent...

AIA Best Practices: A Holistic Approach to Patent Prosecution

AIA Best Practices: A Holistic Approach to Patent Prosecution

A lot has changed since the America Invents Act (the “AIA”) switched up the United States patent system from a “first-to-invent” to a “first-to-file” system back in 2013, and that includes some of the most basic advice patent practitioners provide to their clients....

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...

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Patent Documents

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Patent Documents

Patent searches are intrinsically challenging because they require combing through a seemingly infinite amount of prior art in a finite amount of time to determine which patent references are relevant. There are hundreds of patent authorities around the world with...

5 Ways to Use Patent Data Analytics to Boost Business Development

5 Ways to Use Patent Data Analytics to Boost Business Development

In today’s increasingly competitive legal industry, intellectual property attorneys face challenges from all sides. Small and medium-sized boutique IP firms may battle for market share against the IP giants, while big law firms may struggle to contain costs and...

Patent research can be a challenging job. There is a lot to know before you submit your application to the patent office. Whether you’re the inventor or working on behalf of a client, obtaining a patent contains many steps, submissions, and sometimes even interviews. To be successful, utilize all the information you can find. A great place to start is this portal, created to help you find relevant information and updates pertaining to patent research.

To begin your patent application and research, consider using the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Seven Step Strategy. First, brainstorm terms related to what the invention is and what it does. Next, find relevant patents. Have similar patents been filed? Is yours different enough? Should you mention these patents in your filing? Answer all these questions by researching your keywords and terms. Based on the results of your research and terms, determine your CPC Classification Definition on the USPTO website. By utilizing your keywords, you will be auto-classified. Determine whether that classification is relevant to your patent application. Next, review the relevant patents to your classification to understand your segment of patent processing and connect the requirements with how they are utilized in approved patents. These relevant patents will be found under PatFT, or Patent Full-Text and Image. Review each document to understand the parts of the process. Because they are similar to your patent in terms of CPC Classification, they likely had a similar patent journey. Once you have understood each of the most relevant documents, revisit your CPC Classification and retrieve relevant applications. These will be found under AppFT, or Application Full-Text and Image. Now that you have reviewed each relevant patent, reviewing those in process or those which are rejected will help you further understand your classification niche. Finally, broaden your search. Look at similar classifications for patents and applications. Review their language and drawings. By utilizing these steps, you will ensure you understand the language, requirements, and pieces of an application necessary to give your patent its highest opportunity for success. 

To learn more, access this online library of patent research information and patent news. Ensure you’re well prepared and well informed on all the biggest industry updates.