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Welcome to the April issue of the LexisNexis Intellectual Property InfoPro eNewsletter! Each month you'll receive product highlights, research tips, information on podcasts and webinars, and announcements from LexisNexis IP.  

It was not that long ago that patent analytics changed the way patent professionals approach patent prosecution. With time, however, comes new insights that lead to greater improvement – and patent analytics is no exception. Patent statistics alone rarely tell the entire story, and the circumstances surrounding an examiner’s statistics should also be considered before drawing conclusions about the examiner’s future behavior. LexisNexis PatentAdvisor® introduced the idea of examiner allowance rate and has improved upon that metric to now offer PatentAdvisor ETA™, a patent metric produced from a proprietary algorithm that factors in the big picture. The examiner ETA™ is a more accurate and more predictive indicator of examiner behavior than an examiner’s allowance rate, because: 
  • ETA Takes Into Account All Pending Applications (Not Just Patented and Abandoned Applications)
  • ETA Factors In Each Examiner’s USPTO Experience
  • ETA Is Driven by an Examiner’s Behaviors, and Not By a Filer’s Actions
Spotlight On   Research Tip

PatentSight Use Case: The Early Identification of Disruptive Players with Advanced Patent Analytics

What if it was possible to spot disruptive trends early on, to prepare or capitalize on the market shift? Apple has become a leader in the watch market within just two years, and has been a clearly disruptive force by withdrawing  millions of dollars of revenue from the traditional watch market. Traditional Intellectual Property Analytics are hard to read with analyses more often appearing as jumbled haystacks rather than meaningful substance. Now new analytics methods are coming in Intellectual Property, revealing such insights as the advent of Apple’s wearable ambitions years before rumors were emerging. 
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Five Things to Look for in Choosing a Full-Text Patent Research Solution  

Patent research requires different types of searches: patentability/novelty, clearance/freedom-to-operate, validity, state-of-the-art, and others (learn more about types of patent searches here). Because of the different types of searches required for a patent practice, a patent research tool—especially the content contained within it—needs to be “fit for purpose.”  The ability to research the claims, to be able to distinguish between dependent and independent claims, to have access to Granted patents, even the means of searching terms embedded in drawings can all be critical. 

Better Patents Now Podcast

Win the Patent Examiner Lottery Chris and Megan remind researchers about the new proprietary metric, ETA (Examiner Time Allocation) and introduce two new deeper dive metrics. Listen now >>
A Patent Examiner’s Take on ETA  Having devoted years to developing examiner metrics that are both accurate and fair, Chris and Megan figured it made sense to ask for an examiner’s perspective on his own ranking. In this episode, former patent Examiner Josh Rudawitz joins Chris and Megan to discuss the rationale behind ETA, PatentAdvisor’s proprietary metric for examiner behavior. Josh weighs in on some of the reasons for ETA variations, both among and within art units. Listen now >>
Thursday, April 25, 2 - 3 P.M. EDT
The patent specification has always been a critical part of the patent application, but has become increasingly important. Cheap patents with thin disclosures are no longer possible. What does this changing landscape mean for patent application drafting best practices? How can you provide a specification that has maximal opportunity for success during examination? How can you effectively and persuasively frame arguments in responses? 

Join Gene Quinn, President and CEO of IPWatchdog, Inc., on Thursday, April 25, 2:00 PM EDT. In addition to answering as many questions as possible, the webinar will address: identifying the invention/improvement versus KSR 103 concerns, best practices for ensuring a complete and thorough specification, and persuasively arguing 112 rejections.  

On-Demand Webinars: 

Just For Fun

World Intellectual Property DayApril 26, 2019gettyimages-860911248-170667a

Every April 26, we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day to learn about the role that intellectual property (IP) rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity.

Reach for Gold, IP and Sports: Faster, stronger, higher! The drive to test our abilities, the thrill of competition, and the awe we experience in watching ordinary people achieving extraordinary feats, have fueled our fascination with sports for thousands of years. Learn more >>  

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