The USPTO recently announced its Relevant Prior Art (RPA) Initiative, seeking to leverage electronic resources to improve an examiner’s access to relevant information from applicant’s other related applications. These resources may include related U.S. applications, international applications under the PCT, and counterpart foreign applications by the same applicant. What are the advantages? Simplifies application process for applicant Speeds up examination process Increases efficiency of prosecution procedures Improves prosecution quality What you should be aware of Notification of application included in RPA initiative. You will receive a Notice of Imported Citations informing you of your application’s inclusion in the Initiative andContinue reading
This infographic features the top patent awardees of 2016 in different segments based on USPTO data. This segmentation can serve as a reference point for performing deeper analysis to support patent prosecution strategies, product marketing strategies, as well as global acquisition and licensing strategies.Continue reading
Yahoo has filed a patent for a camera equipped “smart” billboard that has a wide array of sensors and drone-based cameras to collect information about people for ad targeting.Continue reading
MaxVal has recapped all the latest US patent trends from the first half of 2016.
The total number of patents issued by the USPTO between Jan’16 to June ‘16 is 168,077.
It has been over fifteen years since the release of Private PAIR. It was one of the most significant technical achievements by the USPTO and one of the major milestones in the patent data revolution by allowing electronic patent filing and data access. Although a real game changer fifteen years ago, as anyone who tried to get through the latest Java updates to access Private PAIR (especially on a browser other than FireFox) can attest, Private PAIR is far from cutting edge in 2016. Make no mistake; PAIR is still the bread and butter for US patent practice operations andContinue reading
MaxVal Annuity Payer was launched in 2014 with the goal of providing complete transparency on annuity payment fees, as well as simplified workflow and excellent service. Pricing transparency is an important issue for customers. Things get complicated when negotiated fees are combined with currency exchange and foreign agent fees. Misunderstandings over fee amounts can easily occur. These misunderstandings can spill over into the courts. MaxVal Annuity Payer provides comprehensive status updates and pricing transparency on all renewals, using a simple, easy to use web portal. MaxVal’s simple and transparent flat fee structure (which is highly competitive) aims to take the uncertaintyContinue reading
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 programContinue reading
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 alsoContinue reading
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 forContinue reading
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 simpleContinue reading