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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MaxVal’s Max-IDS: New Features Make It Easier Than Ever For Your Team To Manage Information Disclosures

Max-IDS is MaxVal’s cloud-based, hosted, Information Disclosure/Reference Management solution.  Max-IDS is much more than a form generator.  Max-IDS stores your references in a centralized database together with information about the cases citing each reference. This promotes consistency, reduces confusion and makes ad-hoc solutions (such as individual spreadsheets) unnecessary. MaxVal is constantly looking for ways to improve Max-IDS.  Based on user feedback, we have recently added the following enhancements to Max-IDS: Reference source comments Reference comparison chart enhancement Case and Group functionality Reference Source Comments Max-IDS helps you keep your references organized.  Reference “Source Comments” are tags users can assign to

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Twelve Things to Consider When Choosing a Patent Life Cycle Management Vendor

Partnering with a Patent Life cycle Management Company lets you outsource routine administrative responsibilities.  This allows you to focus your time and resources on strategy and achieving your business objectives.  It is a big commitment with a big payoff.  But how do you choose the right Patent Life Cycle Management Vendor? At MaxVal, based on the decade plus experience partnering with our clients, here are the vendor attributes that we found to be important for our clients in choosing a vendor. 1.  Vendor’s Vision and Mission Does the vendor have a clear mission and vision that aligns with your IP

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MaxVal’s Max-Insight: Popular Toolset for Patent Professionals Gets Better

Max-Insight is a suite of tools that is offered by MaxVal for patent professionals.  The tools are designed to help with routine tasks that can consume a lot of a patent professional’s time. Patent Term Estimator – The Most Popular Tool This free tool automatically estimates a patent’s expiration date, which is the first step in analyzing a patent. When a highly accurate patent expiration date is required, for example in preparation for litigation or for a licensing negotiation, MaxVal provides a comprehensive Patent Term Calculation report, including a manual review of the source data by a paralegal.  This report

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Competition Monitoring Across Patent Lifecycle: Using 5 Powerful Email Alerts

The patent landscape is tougher and more complicated than ever before. The ever-increasing amount of patent litigation cases in district courts, federal courts, and PTAB trials and appeals courts is a clear indicator of the struggle inventors and companies face to secure their intellectual assets. Applying for a patent, getting it granted and monetizing it is harder than it was a decade ago. This state of affairs automatically makes the inventors and patent professionals obsessive towards competitor monitoring. Collecting competitor data and deriving the relevant information is only one half of competent competitor monitoring. Inventors and patent professionals must also

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5 Everyday Tasks of Patent Attorneys/Paralegals (and Instant Solutions)

Patent attorneys and paralegals handle a sizable list of routine tasks for their clients every day. Some are minor but repetitive; some are complicated as well as time consuming. While it may not be possible to completely automate those complex tasks like drafting claims, prior-art search, proofreading or certain USPTO activities; it is feasible that certain simple tasks like patent term estimation, generating IDS forms or claim charts or even a mere litigation check can be done rapidly and efficiently by leveraging the power of online tools. These tools are the helping hands for Patent attorneys, paralegals and even for

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