Chris and Megan interview guest speaker Professor Sean Tu, from the University of West Virginia, about his research on which examiners are most likely to issue litigated patents. Are these controversial patents mainly issued by junior or primary examiners - or both? His surprising findings raise questions about USPTO promotion practices.
Chris and Megan discuss ways to monetize a pending portfolio. Should purchasers have to pay anything for applications that haven't issued?
Chris and Megan review basics of the patent prosecution process - from issuance of a non-final office action to termination - and give basic pointers on where patent analytics come into play.
Chris and Megan review the basics of the patent prosecution process - from filing to issuance of a non-final office action - and give basic pointers on where patent analytics come into play.
Chris and Megan discuss strategies for cases facing a "mooter": a patent examiner who repeatedly cites new art. In particular, they examine US Application No. 12/995,610 to determine whether there were early signs that appeal was a good strategy.
Chris and Megan decide what to do with an application facing a new patent examiner: U.S. Application No. 14/828,744. Why is it so hard to get cases allowed by a new patent examiner, and what can patent prosecutors do about it?
Chris and Megan interview Katie Scholz, of Kelly, Holt, & Christenson, about how she uses patent data to improve her prosecution performance. Katie also explains how using data has improved her client relationships.
Chris and Megan review the prosecution history and examiner statistics for U.S. Patent No. 7,669,123, a very controversial patent that covers the Facebook newsfeed. Was it allowed on merit, or was the USPTO influenced by the identity of the applicant?
Chris and Megan decide what to do with an application facing a non-functional, descriptive subject matter argument: US Application No. 11/635,318. Chris provides the history of this type of rejection, which provided ammunition against business method and software patents before Alice and continues to pose problems for some applicants.