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.
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.
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.