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There is tremendous variability within the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) in terms of how each of the individual 8,000+ patent examiners treats an application and the inconsistency of allowance rates within similar art units. Similar art units can have as much as 50 percent variability* in allowance, leaving patent prosecutors to wonder how likely is this patent to issue, what will be the cost of this patent issuing and how long is it…
Do you know the one common trait seen in successful law practices? Business intelligence, or a basic understanding of key metrics, performance indicators, and milestones that convey a pattern of success or potential pitfalls. Which give the firm’s leadership the insight they need to correct course before disaster strikes, or capitalize on an opportunity for growth. The good news is you don’t need an MBA, or a friend that’s an analyst to collect and report…
The journey of an innovative idea from prototype to patented invention faces three primary adversaries. Each of them can be mitigated by the use of today’s advanced patent analytics tools. Time. Before the United States switched from the first-to-invent standard to the first-to-file standard for patent eligibility, inventors and IP-driven companies had time on their side. The invention itself was the key; applying for and receiving the patent for the invention was a set of…
If you run a small practice, or are a solo attorney, you know firsthand how hard it can be to stay focused and get work done. So, when the technology in your office is more often a distraction, than a helping hand… you start to wonder what else is out there. And, could it make my daily life easier? Smokeball, a newcomer to the legal practice management scene, closed out 2015 with strong growth…