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Spotlight On   Research Tip

Three Ways to Enhance Your Design Patent Searches 

Businesses launching a new product need to know whether their product is infringing any patented designs before sales begin, and designers may be curious about whether their designs meet patentability requirements; a thorough design patent search can help answer both of those questions.  



How to Generate Examiner Report Statistics

LexisNexis PatentAdvisor® gives you the ability to generate a report on your Patent Examiner. The report gives you a collection of annotated data and commentary revealing what is statistically “normal” for the examiner.  A best practice for most firms is to generate examiner report statistics as soon as the patent application is assigned to an examiner.

Upcoming Webinars   Better Patents Now Podcasts

Prosecution Trends: The Growing 101 Problem for Artificial Intelligence 

Thursday, November 29, 12 - 1 pm EST

The Alice/Mayo framework for determining patent eligibility has made it much more difficult to obtain patents in a variety of technology fields, but until recently the futuristic area of artificial intelligence related innovation was largely spared from dealing with the most difficult of these rejections. 

A recently conducted review of patent eligibility rejections issued by patent examiners has identified a pivotal moment for artificial intelligence related innovation at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This moment coincides with the August 2016 decision by the Federal Circuit in Electric Power Group, LLC v. Alstom S.A., 830 F.3d 1350 (Fed. Cir. 2016).  

Join Gene Quinn, Founder and President of, for a discussion of patent eligibility, artificial intelligence, why Electric Power Group is being used by patent examiners to reject artificial intelligence patent claims, and how patent practitioners can attempt to respond to these patent eligibility rejections. Joining Gene will be Kate Gaudry, PhD, and Samuel Hayim, both attorneys with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP.

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ETA (Examiner Time Allocation): The Ultimate Alarm System

Chris and Megan revisit their revolutionary metric for examiner behavior: ETA (Examiner Time Allocation). Although this new way of examining examiners has caught on quickly—and even inspired a few copycats—it has also sparked a lot of debate. In this episode, Chris answers some of the more common questions and addresses objections to the metric. The upshot is that ETA was designed to be robust to some common obstacles in measuring examiner behavior, such as junior examiner status and the transition to primary. Nonetheless, it is best used as an alarm system.  

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A Patent Examiner’s Take on ETA (Examiner Time Allocation)

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.  

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On-Demand Webinars   Just for Fun

How Law Librarians Can Add Value to the Patent Prosecution Process   

The Art of Responding to Obviousness Rejections - Section 103 and the KSR Guidelines

Engineering Patent Applications to Avoid Alice

Patent Drafting Best Practices - Latest Trends and Real World Realities 


Patent Nostalgia and the Game Boy Patent

The most reliable way to forecast Nintendo's future may be to look at its own patent prosecution history. History repeats itself, but sometimes we have to wait for technology to improve before we can imitate the past. That is the story of Nintendo's most recent innovation. 

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