Most people would not consider patent prosecution an electrifying conversation topic. Patent practitioners can be stereotyped as the most likely to wear a pocket-protector. And knowing how much of a practitioner’s time is spent staring at patent documents, it is with little wonder that practitioner social abilities do not measure up to societal expectations. But with the advent of big data, times are changing, as shown in a recent DataCrunch podcast episode that focuses exclusively on getting patents.
The relevant episode, published on March 27, 2018 as”The Patent Law Land Grab“, can be accessed by subscribing to the DataCrunch podcast on iOS and Android devices. You can also access the episode directly on the DataCrunch website here.
In the episode, the podcast walks through the patent process in a way that even someone unfamiliar with patents can follow. Trent Ostler discusses the fundamental balancing act in getting a patent. He also discusses how big data is playing a role in improving the patent prosecution process, including discussing Anticipat.com. Janal Kalis, partner at Schwegman, Lundberg, Woessner, joins the episode as well to discuss this intersection between big data and patent prosecution.
Feel free to check out the podcast, especially this episode. Perhaps after listening to the episode, you will see that the allure of patent prosecution is here to stay. But perhaps not.