Evaluating Patent Examiners

About the Course: Understanding the prosecutorial rigor that law firms and patent examiners apply to their preparation and review of patents is critical to understanding the likelihood of a patent granting as well forecasting the prosecution timeline. So too is the seniority of the examiner; trends in prosecution in the particular art unit; prevailing incentive systems relative to patent examiners; and, the history of applicants’ success in challenging appeals. This session provides a thorough demonstration of the PatentCore database. Viewers will learn how to conduct searches relative to examiners, art units, law firms and by application numbers. Searches can also be filtered according to granted patents, abandoned applications as well as granted and abandoned patents. Among the metrics revealed during this webinar are: Percentage of cases with a formal restriction requirement Percentage of applications with at least one request for continued examination before patent issuance Average amount of time between filing date and patent issuance Average number of office actions between filing date and patent issuance Percentage of applications with at least one final office action before patent issuance Percent of applications where applicant filed notice of appeal before patent issuance Percentage of appealed applications where examiner filed appeal answer brief before patent issuance Other issues raised during this webinar include: How do examiner incentives skew examiner performance data? How do examiner performance stats vary depending on the seniority and status of the examiner? When are the best times of the year to seek issuance of patents? To what extent can a patent applicant “examiner shop”? How easily can bios of examiners be obtained? How does fast-tracking of patent applications impact examiner data? How do the budgets of law firm clients impact statistics relating to law firm prosecutorial success? Course Leaders: Christopher L. Holt, Westman, Chaplin & Kelly Christopher L. Holt is a registered patent attorney at the law firm of Westman, Chaplin & Kelly. Chris is a co-founder of PatentCore. Chris has extensive experience preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patents in the electrical and mechanical fields, as well as for computer hardware and software inventions. Chris also specializes in preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign trademark applications, and enforcing trademark rights. He received his law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law and holds an undergraduate degree in physics from Southwestern College (Winfield, Kansas). Chris is licensed to practice law in both Minnesota and Kansas.
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