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CLE: Predicting Our Way to a Better Patent System


When: Wednesday, September 3, 2014
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Where: BAMSL Bar Center
555 Washington Ave, Suite 100
Saint Louis, Missouri  63101
United States
Patent, Trademark & Copyright (PTC) Section
Dan Barnett

Phone: (314) 485-3803

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1.2 Missouri MCLE Hours, sponsored by BAMSL's Patent, Trademark & Copyright (PTC) Section.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office employs thousands of patent examiners covering a wide range of technical arts. As may be expected, there are differences in allowance rates and the rates that denials are upheld on appeal between the many examiners and the different technical arts. For instance, there are examiners who have denied hundreds of applications, but the appeal board has never upheld their decisions. There are other examiners who allow 90% of the patents they see, while a colleague handling functionally the same claims may allow less than 5%.

Similarly, the Patent Office has a Continued Examination backlog of 110,000 applications, up 500% since early 2010. The Patent Office grants over 70% of all applications, but that number jumps to almost 90%, if you are willing to continually challenge rejections.

All of this leads to the conclusion that the examination of patent applications is highly inconsistent. But there is hope. Learn how predictive analytics can help improve outcomes, increase speed, and expand the scope of your client’s patents. Understanding available data can help you predict your examiners behavior, giving you the edge.

Andrew (Drew) Winship, Founder and CEO — Juristat

Drew Winship spent the first few years of career establishing his practice as a litigator at the law firm of Brown & James, P.C. He represented some of the largest companies in the world in tort, contract, and class action cases. Drew handled lawsuits throughout the Midwest, and is licensed to practice in Missouri, Illinois, and numerous federal courts. In 2012, he founded Juristat. Juristat is “Moneyball” for lawyers. Its proprietary natural language processing algorithm parses public historical legal data and accurately predicts the future behaviors of actors within the legal system. Juristat’s current products focus on the U.S. patent system. Since it’s founding, Juristat has raised over $1,000,000 in capital, and its customers include law firms and Fortune 500 companies throughout the country.

Program Chair

John R. Schroeder, Associate — Senniger Powers LLP

John Schroeder practices all aspects of intellectual property, with an emphasis on litigating intellectual property disputes. Mr. Schroeder has litigated patent disputes throughout the United States including before U.S. District Courts in Missouri, Ohio, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

In-Person Registration
There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required due to limited space.
Complimentary breakfast items will be available, courtesy of Juristat.

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration open.
Complimentary breakfast items will be available, courtesy of Juristat.
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Program

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