Juristat's Business Intelligence tool allows you to view detailed information about law firm and company performance at the USPTO. This allows firms to track performance for their clients and identify potential clients, and allows companies to assess the performance of their outside counsel.
1. Adding/Removing Entities
Adding and removing entities from the Business Intelligence graphs is a great way to compare performance between entities over time.
To add a particular entity to the graphs, click the "+" sign next to it in the Key Metrics table. You can add up to five entities at one time.
Adding entities allows you to see various metrics over time. For instance, see how the volume of work for a firm's clients has changed over time and allowance rates year-over-year.
Juristat Tip: If you'd like to find out what clients a firm is currently doing work for, or what firms an assignee is currently using, try applying a filing date filter to your report to limit your data to applications filed in the last few years.
2. Extensions Graph
When in-house counsel evaluate the performance of their outside counsel, often the Key Metrics can be very similar; however, in those situations, the number of extensions filed by outside counsel can be a key indicator about how well-staffed their applications are and how much their outside counsel values their business.
- Use the "Show Percentages" toggle to find out the percentage of rejections where an extension is filed.
- Hover over any year to reveal a tool tip with the exact number or percentage of extensions for that year, by entity.
3. Timing Options
The timing options toggle is an important tool that helps ensure that the "credit" for a prosecution is given to the prosecuting firm (and not to a firm that takes over after an application is allowed).
In the example above, you can see that changing the toggle significantly affects the metrics for many of this firm's clients. The reason is that, when a firm's client consistently moves allowed applications from the prosecuting firm to a firm that just maintains the patent, the allowance rate for the prosecuting firm would drop significantly if we only included applications where they are the "current" firm.