Why do We Pay Maintenance Fees?

Patent maintenance fees continue to increase. However, once the patent has issued, the USPTO does not provide any ongoing services to the patent holders. Therefore patent holders are correct in wondering why they must pay patent maintenance fees and why the fees are increasing. The requirement of maintenance fees has both economic and public policy reasons. First, maintenance fee revenue is used to fund the operations and expenses of the USPTO such as the examination of new patents. Second, maintenance fees allow for the promotion of progress of science and useful arts. Funding the USPTO The net cost of the USPTO program

Continue reading »

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

Continue reading »

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

Continue reading »

MaxVal’s PAIR Uploader – An Easy Tool to Upload Documents for IDS filing

PAIR Uploader (Beta) is a desktop application designed to allow users to upload their EFS ready documents in bulk into PAIR.  The tool obviates the need to upload documents one by one, thereby simplifying IDS filings. In addition, the PAIR Uploader (Beta) is also integrated with our Max-Insight suite of tools. Once you have installed the tool, select the appropriate document type and category and then click “Submit”. After the initial setup, users can drag and drop EFS ready documents into corresponding category folders and the tool will upload the documents. Key Features With PAIR Uploader (Beta), now paralegals can Follow simple

Continue reading »

Max-Insight Dashboard – A New Enhancement from MaxVal

MaxVal introduces Max-Insight’s dashboard, helping users access all its solutions and services from one page.     This Dashboard enables users to: View the usage count of all the tools based on the current plan View features of the current plan and upgrade as needed Access brochures for all of MaxVal’s products/services. With this UI change, MaxVal has also introduced direct access to other solutions like Annuity Payer and Patent Assignment Tracking services. Max-Insight Collection Max-Insight is a suite of patent tools available from MaxVal Group. Max-Insight enables you to access them under one roof, which is efficient and saves time

Continue reading »

Patent Annuity Payment Made Simple with MaxVal’s Annuity Payer

Combining more than a decade of patent management experience with an intuitive annuity management engine built from the ground up, MaxVal’s Annuity Payer™ provides a reliable and cost-effective annuity payment and management solution.

Continue reading »

MaxVal Announces the Acquisition of Intellectual Assets, Inc.

MaxVal Group, Inc., a leader in patent lifecycle management has acquired Intellectual Assets Inc. (IAI), a Silicon Valley based IP Advisory services firm.  IAI’s clients range in size from start-ups to Fortune 25 companies that include non-profits, investment organizations, government agencies, national patent offices, law firms, and management consulting service firms. MaxVal focuses on providing solutions to patent attorneys and improving operational and cost efficiencies in the patent operations groups. MaxVal’s solutions includes a mix of software products and value added services such as prior art searching, creating and maintaining patent databases, paralegal services, etc.  IAI has focused primarily on catering

Continue reading »