Patent Preparation and Prosecution Quality Best Practices


Intellectual property leaders reported that they use four factors define patent and portfolio quality.

The purpose of the Patent Preparation and Prosecution Quality Report is to capture the prevailing best practices for patent preparation used to achieve valid and enforceable utility patents.

The results of this benchmark indicate that companies recognize the importance of patent preparation and prosecution guidelines to ensure patent application quality and minimize prosecution costs. The findings revealed that all respondents have standardized practices for assessing the validity and quality of their patent applications.

Twenty-two companies participated in this comprehensive benchmark of patent preparation and prosecution practices to provide sixty pages of best-practices guidance for how IP leaders may approach and craft their practices. More than forty-five detailed and descriptive charts are included in this report.

The report covers the following topics:

  • Drafting practices
  • Patent preparation quality criteria
  • Outside counsel quality management
  • Metrics to assess patent preparation quality
  • Patent application quality reviews
  • Attorney second/follow-on reviews
  • Prosecution decisions