-Steven Greenberg, CRGO LAW
How do patent practitioners use Juristat in their daily practice? After conducting a series of interviews with our customers to determine how they use our products, we found that most of our customers use Juristat in furtherance of three main goals: (1) to develop a prosecution strategy, (2) to explain that strategy to their clients, outside counsel, and internal team, and (3) to independently justify it using impartial data.
Featuring David Dutcher, Chief Patent Counsel, and David Chan, Senior Patent Counsel
Western Digital has long been at the forefront of game-changing innovation. Over the last decade, the company has averaged more than 800 patent applications filed per year, making it one of the top 200 filers at the USPTO. Patents are directed to technologies such as storage and memory devices, advanced data center systems, mobile devices, artificial intelligence, and IoT. According to Chief Patent Counsel David Dutcher and Senior Patent Counsel David Chan, Western Digital uses Juristat at pivotal milestones during prosecution to help decide whether or not to continue to invest in prosecution, rather than waiting for a report from outside firms. They are also developing a process to analyze existing counsel, considering performance metrics in aggregate to terminate relationships where performance has been sub-par. Read the case study here.
Featuring Dan De Vos and Scott Simmons, Partners
Nicholson De Vos Webster & Elliott is a boutique IP law firm based in Silicon Valley, representing both small startups and multinational corporations. Nicholson De Vos has worked in a range of technology areas including telecommunications, network security, Internet of Things, wearable technology, and electric vehicle infrastructure. Soon after adopting Juristat at their firm, Partners Dan De Vos and Scott Simmons were already integrating the tool into their workflow and seeing the impact on their patent prosecution strategy. Nicholson De Vos attorneys find Juristat especially useful in navigating office actions, using examiner allowance statistics to set client expectations for the likely length and cost of patent prosecution, and deciding whether or not to conduct an examiner interview. As prosecution progresses, Nicholson De Vos attorneys are able to review examiner trends, gauge their probability of success, and adjust their strategy accordingly, as well as decide whether to pursue an appeal against a final rejection.
Featuring Diana Lin & Ivan Wong, Senior Associates
Schox Patent Group is a boutique patent firm located in San Francisco that mainly represents Silicon Valley technology startups. Two senior associates, Diana Lin and Ivan Wong, spoke with us about how they use the Juristat Examiner Report module in their prosecution practice. According to Diana and Ivan, Examiner Reports are an extremely valuable tool when determining the best office action response strategy. However, because Schox is a boutique firm representing technology startups, time is an extremely limited resource for all of their clients, and being guided toward the best path with data-driven decisions is valuable. Thus, the Examiner Report module also provides a valuable tool to explain their strategies to their clients in a clear and concise manner. In most situations, their clients want to know whether their next potential course of action is likely to be a “go” or a “no-go,” and Examiner Reports allow Diana and Ivan to explain those decisions to them efficiently using impartial data.
Featuring Steven Greenberg, Partner
CRGO is an intellectual property and commercial litigation firm, focusing on all aspects of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, and copyrights, and has offices in Washington DC, Florida, and Maine. Steven Greenberg, a partner at the firm, told us a little about how he uses Juristat to justify his strategies to his clients. While Steven uses the Examiner Report module the way our other customers do (i.e., figuring out the best way to respond to office actions), Examiner Reports help him to justify his strategy to his clients. According to Steven, “You have to instill confidence in your performance with the client. It’s an opportunity to demonstrate to the client the sophistication of the decision making that went into the strategy.” Because Examiner Reports are particularly useful for determining the probability of receiving an allowance, they can also be good indicators of the perceived near term cost of proceeding in prosecuting an application according to different strategies. Steven uses the outcome graphs of Examiner Reports primarily to find the contemporaneous probability of an allowance given the current state of prosecution. Since every office action continues to accrue costs for a client, these probabilities are good indicators of whether it would be in his clients’ best interests to continue prosecution with the Examiner or appeal to the Board. Thus, Juristat Examiner Reports offer an independent economic justification for Steven’s prosecution strategies.
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