Before a baseball pitcher throws his first pitch he knows a great deal about the batter he is facing. He knows how he did against that batter in previous games. He knows what types of pitches they like to hit and what types of pitches they don't.
Shouldn't patent lawyers know as much about the examiners they face as a pitcher knows about his batters? Shouldn't patent prosecutors know this information before they file an office response?
The Examination Report combines both examiner and art unit statistics, in relation to the organization on the application for which the Examination Report is being ordered.
The Examination Report is based on the most up-to-date information available from multiple data sources, including USPTO PAIR. Statistics are provided in a way which takes historical data into account for the examiner of the application and the art unit. This includes a variety of probability based analytics looking at grants rates, abandonment and appeal rates and a myriad of other data points.
The Examination Report makes it affordable to access the extensive assortment of data necessary to craft a sound prosecution strategy.
Data in portions of the Examination Report will not be meaningful if:
- An examiner has not been assigned to the application,
- An assignment has not yet been filed with the USPTO or the assignee is otherwise unknown, or
- The assignee of this application has limited or no previous history with the examiner or the art unit listed in this report.