February's newsletter focuses on the latest information from LexisNexis IP to help you stay up-to-date with what's happening in Patent Law.
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Welcome to the February 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.
Patent examiner variability exists at every level of the Patent Office. Now you can easily see how the variability impacts your pending patent applications. The three proprietary new metrics in LexisNexis PatentAdvisor® will help you predict the likelihood of winning the examiner lottery for your application.
PatentAdvisor ETA™ – What type of examiner have I been assigned to—red, yellow or green?
ETA Distribution™ – How many examiners of each color are currently in the group?
Lottery Map™ – What are my chances of ending up with a particular type of examiner?
The exclusive new Examiner Lottery Framework™metrics shine a light on the wide variability not only across the USPTO, but within individual art units. The new metrics provide guidance on what actions can be taken, prior to and after filing, to adapt patent filings and prosecution strategies to improve their outcomes. The Examiner Lottery Framework consists of three proprietary tools within LexisNexis PatentAdvisor®, which help patent professionals strategically approach patent prosecution with data-driven insights. Access the Infographic>>
PathWays provides clear direction for success when drafting patent applications, by enabling you to: target and avoid specific tech center groups with customized drafting guidance, leverage real life example applications in both desirable and undesirable tech center groups to tailor your application accordingly, and get the best patent in the shortest amount of time with exclusive insight on what tech center group you should be targeting.
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 >>
Advances in computing and software, such as artificial intelligence (AI), open increasing possibilities for bioinformatics related innovation. “The percentage of office actions issued by the business-method art units that included eligibility rejections increased to over 90% after Alice was issued,” Dr. Kate Gaudry, a patent attorney and partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, recently explained in the article Bioinformatics Innovations Thrive Despite 101 Chaos, published onIPWatchdog.com. “A near-identical increase in eligibility rejections was also observed in applications from bioinformatics, though the eligibility prevalence remained rather stable when considering [other biotech related inventions] as a whole.”
Join Gene Quinn, President and CEO of IPWatchdog, Inc, for a webinar discussion of bioinformatics patents, patentability and drafting practices. Joining Gene will be Dr. Kate Gaudry, partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, and the author of the article, John White, patent expert, lecturer, and partner with Berenato & White, and Megan McLoughlin, product director, LexisNexis PatentAdvisor. Register now >>
Innovations that Made the Super Bowl Safer and Cooler: Super Bowl LIII is in the books with a record-breaking win. Like every Super Bowl before it, this year’s NFL championship was a spectacle not only of talent, but also technology. Unlike past championships, this year’s Super Bowl featured players wearing state-of-the art equipment while battling it out in a state-of-the art stadium. Read more >>