MaxVal upgrades its reference management solution Max-IDS

MaxVal, today unveiled the upgraded version of its IDS management solution, Max-IDS 4.0. – with enhanced features to make the docketing experience better and faster. Max-IDS comes with powerful integration features and  provides a customizable environment for patent operations to collaboratively manage patent references and generate IDS with just a few clicks. It allows users to compare related family matters and associate references in a single screen and download EFS-ready copies of references that can be directly uploaded to PAIR. MaxVal’s latest IDS version, Max-IDS 4.0, encompasses a host of features including; User-friendly UI for quick navigation Improved performance that

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Increasing Patent Allowance Rate Using an Optimized Invention Management Solution

Huge sums of time and money are invested to support ongoing research and development efforts globally, particularly in the most innovative industries like pharma, healthcare and biotechnology. The global R&D spending [1] is at a record high of US$1.7 trillion of which 80% of total spending is only from the Top 10 countries. While these statistics may suggest increased intensity of companies in R&D spending, we should also understand that these efforts will only yield returns when they are awarded enforceable ownership through exclusive patent rights. Intellectual property rights, especially patents, help companies protect their business interests by allowing them to

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6 Signs That Your Invention Management Solution Is Strained

Is my invention management solution rational? As an IP Counsel, you already know from experience how crucial the invention disclosure is, as is having a scalable and future-ready Invention Management Solution (IMS) in place, because the destiny of a patent starts right from its conception. You probably have a system in place, whether internally developed or a third-party application, to manage your invention disclosure cycle. Gone are those days when the complete disclosure process was managed through emails, spreadsheets, Kanban boards and other methods. There are many good web-based applications out there that enable management of  your entire disclosure process;

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MaxVal Sponsors and Exhibits at IP Counsel Cafe – May 10-12, 2017

MaxVal is sponsoring the upcoming IP Counsel Café, one of the largest annual gathering of IP Counsel and professionals, May 10-12, 2017 in Palo Alto, CA. MaxVal will showcase its suite of IP lifecycle management solutions to the IP Counsel and IP Portfolio managers. As an exhibiting sponsor, MaxVal will demonstrate their end-to-end Intellectual Asset Management solution, Symphony and participate in various networking opportunities throughout the event. From invention capture, docketing to annuity management, Symphony brings all facets of IP management onto one stage. “We are excited that since its launch, Symphony has been trusted by more than 20 SMBs and Fortune

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How do I select the right prior-art search professional?

  Key questions to ask while hiring a professional/firm to perform prior-art searches. A patentability search and analysis are carried out to ensure that an invention would meet the novelty and non-obviousness requirements for obtaining a patent. However, such search and analysis would not be effective unless claimable subject matter is identified correctly. A patent agent or attorney needs to thereafter determine the breadth of the claimable matter by examining the disclosure along with the prior art identified in the search in order to complete the analysis. A patent cannot claim something that already exists or is apparent on combining

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Intellectual Asset Management Should be Affordable and Easy

For rapidly growing innovative companies, intellectual assets (patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets) are the ultimate source of competitive advantage.  These assets usually underpin the company’s valuation and must be managed carefully.  The person responsible for managing the IP portfolio must orchestrate and coordinate activities of inventors, outside counsel, in-house IP operations staff and external service providers.  At MaxVal, we see our clients’ IP managers struggle with juggling docketing systems, spreadsheets and patent workflow management in general.  As the number of patent applications and foreign filings grow, keeping track and being able to report on status becomes a significant problem.

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MaxVal Releases the PTA Wizard – A DIY Tool to Calculate USPTO Patent Term Adjustments

MaxVal has just released the PTA Wizard – a powerful do-it-yourself tool for verifying the patent term adjustment calculations of the US patent and trademark office. The USPTO extends the normal term of a patent with a patent term adjustment that is based on delays in prosecution. The calculation is complicated and is supported by data that resides in the USPTO PAIR system. The PTA Wizard allows users to view all the data and see how it has been used to compute the PTA. Users can make changes to the data to see the impact of missing data or mistakes

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MaxVal’s Litigation Databank Now Includes PTAB Search and Alerts*

MaxVal’s Litigation Databank contains a comprehensive database of over 71,000 cases from the U.S. District Courts, the Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court and the ITC.  Litigation Databank subscribers can search cases, produce reports on cases and parties, set watches and download case related documents. Existing and new Litigation Databank subscribers registered before Jan 31, 2016, can access USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) cases at no extra cost. PTAB cases cover AIA post-grant, interference and interpartes reviews. Within Litigation Databank, users can search PTAB court proceedings, see details about the case, see the final decision and purchase case

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