Michael Spector

Julie Burke, Ph.D.

Michael Spector is the co-founder of Petition.ai, the first comprehensive searchable database of USPTO patent petition documents, which enables patent practitioners to efficiently find documents with similar issues and/or fact patterns – the needles-in-a-haystack – to more quickly and easily craft a petition with an increased likelihood of being granted on the first attempt.


Posts by Michael Spector


USPTO Petition Process: Who Should Pay for the Burden of Inordinate Delays and ‘Mistakes’?

In our last article, Part VI, we reported significant Technology Center (TC)-to-TC variation at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in pendency and grant …

USPTO After Final Petition Statistics – Are Things as Bad as They Appear? (Part VI)

While researching the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) treatment of final Office actions for previous articles (Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, …

The Good, the Bad and the Missing: Findings from a Review of the Data on Granted Retroactive Foreign Filing Licenses

Since launching Petition.ai’s searchable database of publicly available patent petition documents filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the most searched petition …

Successful After Final Petitions Can Help Advance Prosecution (Part V)

While researching the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) treatment of final Office actions for previous articles (Part I, Part II, Part III and Part …

Petitions Filed After Final Dismissed as Moot: USPTO Runs Down the Clock (Part IV)

While researching the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) treatment of final Office actions for previous articles (Part I, Part II and Part III), we …

Late-Filed Petitions Dismissed as Untimely by USPTO: No Apparent Rhyme nor Reason (Part III)

While researching the newly codified Manual of Patent Examination Procedure (MPEP) Section 706.07(b), we noticed some petitions filed more than two months after the final Office action …

Analyzing Vastly Different First Action Final Rejection Outcomes Following Recent Policy Change (Part II)

The USPTO recently revised Manual of Patent Examination Procedure (MPEP) Section 706.07(b) to retroactively impose a first action final rejection (FAFR) policy that significantly reduces patent applicants’ …

Newly Created First Action Final Rejection Policy Adds Needless Complications to Patent Prosecution

The USPTO recently revised the Manual of Patent Examination Procedure (MPEP) Section 706.07(b) to retroactively impose a first action final rejection (FAFR) policy that significantly reduces a …