What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of artificial intelligence? For many, it may be visions of human-esque androids or cunning computer-generated personas. However, you may be surprised to learn that beyond the typical science fiction connotations, artificial intelligence or “AI” is currently being used to augment the legal profession, including patent prosecution.
How Can AI Improve My Prosecution Practice?
- AI offers a wide array of benefits, including freeing up your time. AI can automate many logistical and organizational items on your to do list, allowing you to spend more time on substantive legal work and less time on housekeeping tasks. For example, LexisNexis PatentAdvisor® can automatically send you an alert when there is an examination update to one of your applications, eliminating the need for you to constantly check your files. PatentAdvisor™ also automatically imports all information associated with a patent application, from the image file wrapper to assignments, ensuring you automatically have all of the important information relevant to your application in one place.
- AI can also prevent costly mistakes creating automatic alerts and reminders for important events. For instance, PatentAdvisor provides you with the ability to receive pop-up or email alerts every time there is a change to your patent application, ensuring you never miss an important prosecution development or deadline.
- Saving you and your clients money is yet another benefit of AI. Analytics help you streamline and tailor your prosecution practice to unique situations early on in the examination process by giving you insight into examiner and art unit trends. In turn, this insight can prevent you from wasting time pursuing unlikely outcomes or inefficient courses of action while prosecuting your application.
- Perhaps the most exciting aspect of AI is its ability predict the likelihood of certain outcomes, often referred to as predictive analytics. Imagine if you could receive recommendations based on the statistical likelihood of events that may occur in a particular application’s life cycle, allowing you to potentially predict the path your application will take during examination. This is exactly what the Prosecution Guidebook tool in PatentAdvisor does for you.
- In addition to prosecution recommendations, AI can utilize big data to give you insight into prosecution patterns in your patent portfolio. You can generate visual data representations, heat maps and statistical reports that give you a better understanding of different art units and patent examiners, and even uncover new paths to allowance for your applications. Essentially, AI allows you to make sense of, and leverage, the enormous amount of data made available by the USPTO.
The beauty of AI is that while you can implement strict automation of these kinds of tasks, there is plenty of room to customize and tailor your automation in a way that makes sense to you, making portfolio management and organization both consistent and flexible.
How Can I Start Incorporating AI Into My Prosecution Practice?
PatentAdvisor makes it easy to start incorporating the benefits of big data and analytics into your prosecution practice immediately. Once you sign up, you can upload a spreadsheet, or list of all application numbers in your portfolio, into the briefcase tool, and PatentAdvisor will automatically pull all related information into the platform. From there, you have instantaneous access to all of the PatentAdvisor analytics tools, including alignment reports, visual data representations and prosecution recommendations. There is no initial setup, and configuration of your preferences is seamlessly integrated into the functionality of the platform.
LexisNexis PatentAdvisor® is leading the way in using AI to streamline and optimize prosecution practice and patent portfolio management.