A Free Report to Simplify Patent File History Analysis and Claims Comparison!

Landon IP is now offering for a limited time a free Prosecution Summary and Claims Comparison Report with every US patent file history order! See a sample of the Claims Comparison Report here.  Request the Comparison Report next time you need a patent file history, and receive these indispensable tools within a single convenient Microsoft Excel spreadsheet:

  • Claims Comparison: This table shows all changes to the text of every claim from application through patent grant, with a marked-up comparison between each version of the claim.
  • Evolved Claim®: A view of each patent claim that quickly summarizes how they evolved during prosecution, and in what paper each change was made.
  • Claims Tree: An easy-to-read chart visualizing the dependencies of all patent claims.
  • Prosecution Summary: A simple summary of key bibliographic data about the patent, including a summary of how the claims changed within each paper of the file.

Continue reading for an in-depth look at each of these tools within the free Report, and see how you can use them to analyze the file history and claims to support legal opinions, infringement analysis, Markman hearings, and more!

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Search System New Features Roundup

March is almost over, and it’s a good time to look over all the good things that 2014 has already brought us.  Many of our patent search systems have introduced useful new features, and if you haven’t been keeping up with your favorite search system’s press announcements, it’s an excellent time for a roundup.

Read on for a summary of the most notable updates!

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Get ready for some great presentations at the PIUG 2014 Annual Conference!

The all-volunteer PIUG annual conference planning committee has been working hard to put together this year’s program, and as usual, they’ve done a fantastic job.  The upcoming PIUG 2014 Annual Conference will take place from April 26 – May 1, 2014 in Garden Grove, California.  I strongly recommend attending the PIUG conference if you work with patent data.  The program is always excellent, and includes in-depth analysis of challenges we encounter in our daily work.  In addition, the networking opportunities are wonderful, because this conference is attended by a highly concentrated group of experts in the field.  Anybody you bump into in the buffet line or sit next to in a workshop is guaranteed to have some fascinating information to share.

Intrigued? Read on for some highlights of PIUG’s 2014 annual conference program, and start booking your tickets to Garden Grove.

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Have you seen the New European Patent Register updates? If not, you’ll want to take a look.

While we in the Western world were preparing for the winter holiday season, the folks at the EPO were preparing a big treat for us.  The latest updates to the European Patent Register went live in December, and they’re pretty exciting.   They include RSS feeds for searches or case monitoring, PDF downloading options, and even CSV/XLS exports. Click “Read more…” for a complete list and analysis!

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The future of patent legal status information: A recap of the EPO’s Patent Information Conference (EPOPIC 2013)

Recently I was fortunate to attend the EPO Patent Information Conference (EPOPIC), held October 22-24th in Bologna, Italy. In addition to enjoying beautiful sights and delicious food, I was also treated to an excellent conference program on patent information. Read on for the highlights of my EPOPIC 2013 conference experience.

The major theme of this year’s EPOPIC was legal status information, and there were many European Patent Office experts on hand to discuss the subject. Other topics of interest included both the Cooperative Patent Classification, and the new Unitary Patent.

Patent legal status is one of the most challenging aspects of patent information. It’s difficult to find, difficult to interpret, and difficult to trust. At EPOPIC, suggestions were raised for the future development of better methods to provide patent legal status to the masses. Read on to learn more about ideas discussed at the conference.

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Be a Patent Legal Status Search Expert!

I admit that the title of this post is a bit optimistic, given that I am far from a patent legal status expert myself, even after years of wading through the topic!  But I do have a secret weapon that often saves me from appearing totally clueless – the European Patent Office (EPO)’s Statistics, Coverage and Codes documentation pages.

In this post I’ll discuss a small fraction of the useful content available on the “Useful tables and statistics, codes and coverage” pages on www.epo.org. These pages offer in-depth documentation of common patent bibliographic sources that are probably used by your commercial search provider. Read on to learn how these pages can save your bacon someday.

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Major August News Updates for Patent Searchers!

It’s been a busy summer for patent database providers, both free and subscription alike, and here are a few examples of the latest coverage and interface updates to some major patent search systems:

  • TotalPatent has added both additional coverage (such as full text of Taiwan patent data including English machine translation) and improved PDF retrieval options.
  • Users can now view an download PDF images from the USPTO Full Text and Image Database.
  • The patent collections of Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been added to WIPO’s free PATENTSCOPE search system.

Professional patent searchers need to stay up-to-date on the coverage and new features of both free and subscription patent databases, so continue reading to learn about these important updates to three popular search systems.

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