Juristat's examiner analytics and research tools have a variety of applications in your patent prosecution practice. Below are five ways our most effective clients have found to integrate these tools into their practice.
1. Start using Juristat before you file.
Juristat allows you to use the power of analytics before you even file a patent application. Platform's powerful application search enables you to quickly perform a patentability search or find out where applications claiming similar technology have been assigned at the USPTO.
To perform a search, type your keywords into the omnisearch bar, then select what documents you'd like to search within.
In addition to keyword searching, if you select to search in the abstract, claims, or descriptions of applications, you can also perform a "similarity search". A similarity search allows you to search using natural language and identify the most similar published applications.
Once you've performed your search and found similar applications, you can expand the filters on the left side of the screen to see the most frequent tech centers, classes, and art units for your set of search results. This can give you a quick idea of where your application might be assigned when filed with the USPTO.
2. Set client expectations with examiner analytics.
When your application is assigned to an examiner, take a look at your examiner's report. Your examiner's past behavior can help set your client's expectations in terms of the likely difficulty of the prosecution, estimated time to first office action or disposition, and average number of office actions per prosecution.
3. Use examiner analytics to inform office action responses.
Using examiner analytics when responding to office actions can help identify the shortest path to an allowance. Juristat's examiner reports can show you when an interview has a significant impact on an examiner's allowance rate, how often RCEs vs. interviews are followed by an allowance, how likely you are to move to a new examiner or a new art unit by filing a CON or a CIP, and your chances of success on appeal.
Checking your examiner's report after receiving an office action can help inform your next move and give you data to back your recommendation to your client.
4. Use saved searches to manage your pending applications.
Juristat's table view provides a highly customizable view that can be used to monitor your pending application portfolio.
For example, if one of your clients requires you to obtain authority before filing a second RCE, you may want to create a view to identify pending applications for that client with one or more RCEs filed already.
To do that, use the filter bank on the left side of the screen to filter to:
Your Firm (using the Firm filter),
Your Client (using the Assignee filter),
Pending Applications (using the Status filter), and
Applications with 2+ RCEs (using the RCE Count filter).
Once you add the filters you want, click "Save" to save the search to re-run anytime you want to get a report of applications matching your filter criteria. You can also click "Edit Columns" to change the information displayed about each application.
Above is just one example of the types of saved searches that can aid you in managing your active prosecution docket. You can also upload a custom list of applications to get an even more tailored dashboard of applications you're working on.
5. Complete your data with Private PAIR Integration.
Juristat’s table view provides detailed information on published applications; however, with Private PAIR integration, you can use the table view to keep track of unpublished applications as well. Private PAIR integration requires nothing more than sponsoring a Juristat email address in order to monitor all of your organization’s ongoing prosecutions. More information about Private PAIR is available through your client success representative or by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.