Patent value can be understood to mean many things. However, since the America Invents Act (AIA) was passed in 2011, the importance of patent quality has been heightened significantly.
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Meeting legal standards for patentability: In the current landscape, strong and defensible patents must do more than advance technology or approach a certain market value for innovation
Specific rejection types: Including patent utility (section 101), patent novelty (section 102), non-obviousness (section 103) and adequate/enabling written description (section 112) in patent claim drafting
Impact the AIA has had on common practices: Detail into pre-issuance submissions and post grant review petitions—in an effort to re-frame patent attorneys' overall approach to prosecution and patent litigation
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 patent databases that must be searched independently. Learn how the LexisNexis TotalPatent One® patent search platform eliminates the need to access several patent authority databases by providing access to over 115 million patent documents originating from over 100 patent authorities around the globe. Learn more >>
PatentOptimizer® is a patent drafting tool that appears as a toolbar in Microsoft Word, Adobe products, web browsers and other common drafting environments, and was designed to facilitate the production of strong, defensible patents. It helps to easily avoid mistakes that could prove problematic during patent prosecution or in litigation.
Five features have stood out as user favorites over the years: Check Claims, Check Parts, Check References, Analytics, and the Summary Report.
Inspired by a listener’s question, Chris and Megan do a deep dive into art unit 3649: the “pro se” art unit. The USPTO created this art unit in 2015 to help guide pro se applicants—those who choose to represent themselves before the USPTO—through the prosecution process. The art unit includes experienced patent examiners from every technology area and is designed to provide additional guidance to applicants who are not familiar with the process. Not surprisingly, this art unit has some unique statistical characteristics: from how applicants are utilizing the Track One program to the varying subject matter of applications being filed. Listen now >>