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Practical Tips for Increasing Patent 

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The first commandment of patent prosecution should be to know your patent examiner. To do this patent practitioners need to take into account examiner time constraints and production goals, what examiners needs to see to allow an application, and must have an appreciation for what examiners are being instructed to do by supervisors. 

Interactions between patent examiners and patent practitioners are often tense, and frequently unhelpful. Having a better understanding of an examiner’s expectations and approaching patent prosecution with a cooperative mindset will pay dividends, particularly when a practitioner is willing to work to make an examiner’s job easier.

We will share feedback from several examiners, advice they say will help them do a better job quicker, resulting in a streamlined prosecution process.

Join Gene Quinn, patent attorney and publisher of IPWatchdog.com, and Lauren Anderson, a patent attorney with Womble Carlyle, for a wide-ranging discussion on examiner statistics, pressures and expectations and how best to streamline the patent process to increase allowance rates.

In this webinar, we will discuss:

1.  Deciphering examiner statistics for insights on tendencies.

2.  Understanding examiner time limitations and what practitioners can do to help streamline an application (i.e., 112 issues, translations).

3.  The importance of keeping original claim sets reasonable.

4.  The importance of interviewing without fishing expeditions.

Data has to be the starting point for any patent prosecution strategy, but cooperatively working with an examiner streamlines the process.

About the Speakers

IPWatchdog.com Founder and Webinar Moderator

Gene is a patent attorney and a leading commentator on patent law and innovation policy. He is the Founder and Editor of IPWatchdog.com, which he started in 1999. IPWatchdog.com has been recognized multiple times by the American Bar Association as a top 100 legal blog.  Gene is regarded as an expert on software patentability and U.S. patent procedure.

Gene Quinn 

Lauren Anderson

Patent Attorney, Womble Bond Dickinson

Lauren Anderson is a Patent Attorney with Womble Bond Dickinson.  Her forward-thinking approach to patent prosecution is a refreshing strategy for clients who are seeking assistance in the tech industry. She is in-tune with current trends and advancements, which enables her to identify clients’ patent portfolio needs in an ever-changing market.

By making patent search and analysis accessible and usable for non-IP experts, PatSnap provides scientists with a new source of information for use during research. Research conducted in the commercial sector is often not publicly available until a relevant patent is filed, so for a complete picture of the latest developments, patent data is essential and using citation information and plotting patenting in a given field over time, scientists can follow the multiple strands of previous research and so avoid wasting time on previously unsuccessful avenues. 

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This webinar previously aired  on March 1, 2018

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