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Firms and Companies in front of Difficult Examiners

Which Firms and Companies Prosecute in Front of the Most Difficult Examiners? (2021 Report)

Patent attorneys run into the same examiners from time to time, but what happens when that particular examiner happens to be one of the most difficult at the USPTO?

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Artificial Intelligence at the USPTO

Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the most exciting technologies of the last century, offering a once-in-a-generation opportunity to radically transform the way we live and work. And the USPTO has taken a keen interest.

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Companies Most Impacted by Procrastinating Examiners at the USPTO

The USPTO has an official term for examiner procrastination – end-loading. When examiners put off work until the end of the quarter, it can have a dramatic impact on both workloads for the law firm, as well as chances of success for the patent application.

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Success with Workflow Automation

7 Tips for Implementing Workflow Automation at Your Firm

With law office automation and technology, you’re not taking away the human element of your practice. Instead, you’re spending less time on menial, time-intensive tasks and more time in areas that require your personal expertise and finesse.

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The First Action Interview Pilot Program: Did It Work?

The Full First Action Interview Pilot Program (FAIPP) was created due to concerns over interview effectiveness. Now discontinued, the program was one of many USPTO attempts to open communication between examiners and patent practitioners. Did the program succeed?

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preparing for influx of office actions from USPTO

Preparing for an Influx of Office Actions

Understanding seasonality around USPTO office actions can help drive decisions related to firm hiring, training, and process workflows. And our data shows that you are about to get very busy.

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track one uspto

Ten Years of Track One: Is It Still Worth It? (2021 Report)

Innovation is key to a business's competitive advantage, and the USPTO created the Prioritized Patent Examination Program (known simply as Track One) to move ideas quickly. Patent applications in the program are expected to reach disposition within twelve months.

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evaluate firm cost and quality

The Best Way to Evaluate Firm Cost and Quality

There are many ways to evaluate the value of your outside counsel, whether using general success metrics or quality indicators like timeliness and ease of communication. But perhaps the most valuable indicator may be the average cost of an issued patent prosecuted by the firm.

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2021 Mid-Year Patent News Update

It may be hard to believe, but the first half of 2021 is now behind us, and there is reason to believe things are looking up. The effects of the pandemic have eased considerably, the labor market recovery is accelerating, and, in many states and cities, life is starting to look normal again.

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patent maintenance fees

Identifying (and Pruning) Patent Maintenance Fees That Don’t Benefit Your Business

Companies of all sizes want to make sure that the patents in their portfolio are worth the maintenance fees they spend to maintain ownership. Modeling maintenance fee spend can help you identify ineffective patents that you can offload to ensure proper investment in more important initiatives.

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