The Patent Workbench® service was recently featured in the January/February 2012 issue of the World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR). The article is titled “Patent Workbench: A Nail Gun, Not a Hammer,” and it explains how “a new productivity tool promises to make managing reviews of a US patent ﬁle’s history a painless, efficient process.” Landon IP CEO David Hunt and Vice President of Business Management Julie Cook describe the many unprecedented features of Patent Workbench® that will revolutionize how patent attorneys work with patent file histories. Continue reading to learn how the Patent Workbench® service was developed and the many ways that Patent Workbench® features can simplify the claims construction and file history review process for patent practitioners.
The article describes how patent attorney feedback played a large role in the development of the Patent Workbench® product:
Patent Workbench took years to develop. Hunt explains, ‘In our 60-year history, Landon IP has worked with thousands of patent practitioners. We’ve learned many things about the challenges they face when working with patent file histories. During development, we worked extensively with attorneys who shared feedback that allowed us to ensure that Patent Workbench meets the needs of our users. Our beta test patent attorneys confirmed that we got it right and said that Patent Workbench will change the industry.’
David Hunt and Julie Cook go on to describe some of the innovative features of the Patent Workbench® Reader, the free software that users download to view and analyze a patent file history prepared in a Patent Workbench® file. The advanced search features of the Patent Workbench® Reader will readily assist patent attorneys with the claims construction process, since the search tools “provide immediate access to places in the file where a particular
term is used; this takes far less time than going through a prosecution history page by page.”
The article also highlights the versatile claims tools available only through Patent Workbench®, such as the Evolved Claim™ and the Claims Matrix. The Evolved Claim™ tool “eliminates the need to compare amendments,” since it “shows, in one place, how a claim changed from the time it was introduced until issuance or cancellation, and includes references and links to the document in which it was amended.” The article illustrates how the Claims Matrix “aligns the original claim with the various amendments that have been made to it. It is possible to read across and see instantly where the major changes have taken place.”
David Hunt sums up how patent attorneys will benefit from the Patent Workbench® service:
We’ve made their job easier and have given them much of their time back so they can focus on the other important legal work that keeps them late at their offices. We see Patent Workbench as a nail gun, not a hammer. It makes you more productive and gives you confidence in your results.
Request a sample file to try all of the Patent Workbench® features described in the article for free! Learn more about the development of the service and other useful features of Patent Workbench® by reading the full WIPR article.