So, you've created your Juristat login (thanks!) and, if you're like a lot of our clients, you think all this information is interesting, but aren't sure how it has a positive impact on your firm or organization.
We want to give you some ideas of how to think about prosecution data in terms of the value it provides your organization and we've identified some of the ways that using data in your prosecution practice can have a real impact on the outcomes for your client or your organization's bottom line.
How Data Helps in Prosecution
Often clients are reluctant to appeal an office action because appeals are generally expensive and time-intensive. However, an appeal might be the best option to get to a positive result for your client.
For instance, the examiner in the example below has only 25% and 15% win rates after interviews and RCEs, respectively.
However, the examiner has about a 43% chance of being reversed by the PTAB (plus, another 25% chance of being affirmed only in part).
Given those metrics, it might seem obvious that an appeal provides the best chance of success, but without data to support that recommendation, a client may balk at the added time and expense.
We consider applications that are "abandoned early" to be applications abandoned after two office actions that are in front of examiners who are more likely to allow applications after the third office action.
An example of such an examiner is below. In this graph, taken from an examiner report, we see the breakdown of allowed vs. abandoned applications at a given number of office actions. More simply, of the applications disposed (allowed/abandoned) after a given number of office actions, what percentage were allowed?
In this example, the examiner's percentage of allowed applications is greater than 50% only at the third office action and later, meaning that an application is more likely to be allowed at or after the third office action.
Thus, while an assignee might be apt to abandon an application after two office actions, data can help support a recommendation to respond to an additional office action, as the chance of success improves after the third and fourth office actions with this examiner.
There are also opportunities to add a little extra claim scope to an application by filing a continuation or continuation-in-part. We consider a "missed" continuation or CIP opportunity to be an application in front of an examiner with a 90% or higher allowance rate where no continuation or CIP was filed.
Such instances create the opportunity to suggest a continuation or CIP to a client with a high probability that the continuation/CIP will be successful.
Adding It Up
All of these individual opportunities can add up to both improved outcomes for clients and an increased bottom line for a firm. For instance, the table below shows how capitalizing on these opportunities can make a real impact on a law firm's business.
(Average fees are based on AIPLA's 2015 Report of the Economic Survey)
As always, the above opportunities are examples of ways to take advantage of data to help your organization prosper, either as an in-house practitioner or outside counsel and keeping the value of the application in mind during all prosecutions is always necessary to make the best prosecution decisions.
Related Help Content: Getting Started with Examiner Reports