Examiner reports allow patent practitioners to use data analytics to choose the best course of action when prosecuting an application in front of any given examiner.
Accessing Examiner Reports
Accessing an Examiner Report is simple. Just enter the examiner's name in Juristat's search box and click on their name to pull up their report.
Once you click on your examiner's name, you'll view a comprehensive report about your examiner's past behavior and tendencies.
Examiner Report Contents
The first few sections of an examiner report provide some background information on your examiner.
The background information includes current and past art units, timing information, allowance rate, and average office actions per application.
These first few background sections allow you to get some overall impressions of what your prosecution in front of this examiner might be like (e.g. how long does the average prosecution take?).
Prosecution Strategy Metrics
The next several sections can help identify a strategy for responding to office actions based on your individual examiner's past behavior and demonstrated preferences.
These sections allow you to gauge how receptive your examiner is to interviews vs. RCEs, how your examiner's allowance rate has changed over time, how likely your examiner is to issue an allowance at a given number of office actions, your examiner's end-loading rate, and more.
Many of the graphs are interactive. Hover over the graphs to get more information on the number of applications included in a calculation.
The Dispositions By Rejection Count section helps practitioners to avoid early or late abandonments.
The next few sections provide some data regarding your examiner's past appeals.
The three donut charts show the outcomes of appeals at three different stages of the appeal process: the pre-appeal brief conference, the appeal brief stage, and the PTAB decisions.
The Appeals Overview graph gives a more granular look at how appeals have proceeded through the appeal process from your examiner. Hover over any of the solid bars or wavy lines to see more information about how many appeals took a particular path through the appeal process.
Use the first donut chart to help you determine whether it's worth the time and expense to request a pre-appeal brief conference.
The results of appeals are color-coded; more green means more positive outcomes for applicants.
Examiner Reports also allow you to research rejections your examiner has issued and arguments that overcame those rejections. Below that, you'll find similar information about appeals.
In the example above, we've used the check boxes to filter our results to final rejections based on 101. Use the links to read the rejections and the applicants' responses and to learn more about the outcomes of the prosecutions.
Legacy Examiner Report Features
While filters are not yet available on our new examiner reports, you can click "View legacy examiner report" in the upper right corner to filter your report to applications meeting certain criteria (e.g. rejection basis, filing/disposition date, etc.).
Filter your report by filing/disposition date, art unit, tech center, USPC class, assignee, firm, and a host of "other" filters to limit your data set to applications that are the most like yours.
Select as many filters as you'd like and click "Apply Filters" to update the report to only include applications matching your filters.
If your examiner has been in several art units, filter to your examiner's current art unit (the first one listed) in order to exclude applications prosecuted in other art units from your analysis.
Using a disposition date filter to limit your application set to those that have been recently disposed can help account for changes in an examiner's behavior over time.
Detailed Outcomes Graph
The Detailed Outcomes graph (available on our legacy reports) is a graphical representation of the prosecution histories of all applications in front of your examiner. It displays the rates at which significant actions and outcomes occur at each stage of prosecution before your examiner.
Below is a quick video to help you get started using the Detailed Outcomes graph:
Each ring of the graph represents either an office action or a response to an office action.
Hover over any segment for additional details about that particular office action or response.
You can click on any segment to show only significant actions and outcomes that directly follow that action or outcome.