Third Party Observation Impact
Your client identified a disturbing EP patent application of their competitor and is wondering if third party observations is the right way to proceed?
What do you base your recommendation on? Gut feeling? Your previous experience of third party observations activity before the EPO? Ask colleagues in your organisation?
How about identifying cases previously managed by the responsible Primary Examiner? The ipQuants EXI solutions allows you to conduct keyword search and identify previous Official Communications of your Examiner of interest that referenced third party observations. For those identified cases, you can then assess the grant rate.
In addition, you are able to compare the grant rate of other cases referencing third party observations across an entire IPC. This allows you to understand if the Examiner of interest has been more strict than other Examiners in the same technology domain.
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