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Q&A: The Millionth Patent
July, 2015
This year, the USPTO issued the ninth millionth patent (US 9,000,000) for a “Windshield washer conditioner” to inventor Matthew Carroll (Jupiter, FL, US). Historically, the “millionth” patent has coincidentially been for an interesting technology that is topical of the time period. For example, Patent number US 3,000,000 marked an entry into the information age when […] Continue reading
Decision on Petition: Jumping the First Big IPR Hurdle with the Best References
July, 2015
Now, over two-years since the America Invents Act (AIA) went into effect, IPR (Inter Partes Review) has become an increasingly attractive alternative to litigation. The growth in these proceedings shows a strong acceptance of the procedure. It is changing the way in which IP law is practiced in the United States and how patentability is […] Continue reading
Review of the IPI-ConfEx 2015: Best Practices in Patent Information Management and Searching
April, 2015
Lesley K MacLachlan reports from the 12th Annual International Patent Information Conference and Exposition, held from 8 to 11 March 2015 in Rome, Italy. The International Patent Information (IPI) Organisation, led by Ford Khorsandian (TPR International, Inc.), welcomed around 200 attendees from Europe, the USA, the Middle East, Asia and Australia, to the Crowne Plaza […] Continue reading
IPI-Award 2015 Recognizes Peter Kallas as Leading Patent Information Quality Advocate
March, 2015
Colleagues of Dr. Peter Kallas from the Patent Information Industry will immediately bring to mind Peter’s friendly nature, coupled with patience and humility. These inherent traits conjure up a picture of someone who is a pleasure to work with, but what about getting results? Peter’s track record of working as Head of Chemicals and Engineering […] Continue reading
The Thrill of the Hunt: 3 Essential Elements to Ensuring Effective Patent and Literature Search Results
February, 2015
Below are three essential elements to successfully engaging an outside search professional for finding critical prior art references. Following these steps for your patent and scientific literature searches will help you to eliminate your risk and take your search results to a new level. ELEMENT 1: Define the Task It stands to reason that lack […] Continue reading
TPR Celebrates 20 Years
February, 2015
What does it take to occupy the position as one of the industry’s most successful patent search firms over the last two decades? TPR President, Ford Khorsandian explains: “There is never any room for complacency in the searching business. We always have to create value and understand the newest dynamics that clients are operating under. […] Continue reading