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What is a Patent Analyst?

Often, you will start your career in patent research doing prior art technology searches.

There are also many other different types of searches that are performed such as due diligence searches, invalidity searches, freedom to operate searches, evidence of use searches, etc.

For all of these searches, the report requesting lawyer will be very concerned about the dates that information first came into being. One date proves that a patent is invalid while another date proves the same patent may be infringed. If you can become as intimately familiar (as the report requesting lawyer) with how these dates arise under US patent law, your earning potential increases dramatically. This area of law is called Priority Law.

Priority Law is the most critical step in your development. Once you understand Priority Law, you will have taken the most important step towards becoming a patent analyst as compared to being merely a search specialist. I am not exaggerating.

I have seen the patent lawyers at one of America’s highest revenue producing technology companies, do a 180 degree turn in how they use their dedicated team of engineers. Once they had confidence that the engineers understood Priority Law, the project complexity increased dramatically over a short period of time and the team size almost doubled. In a two year period, the team went from doing almost exclusively technology research, to doing mostly high-end patent analysis work.  That is the good news.

The bad news is that Priority Law is a fairly difficult topic to learn at this level of detail. Almost nobody outside a US patent law firm understands US Priority Law well enough to perform high-end services for US patent lawyers.

Times are changing rapidly. Most companies around the World are becoming more sophisticated in their legal service purchasing habits. Companies are expecting law firms to employ the lowest cost resource that can get a job done right. Companies no longer believe that a patent lawyer needs to perform every step of the analysis process. Engineers, scientists, or paralegals are sometimes better situated to perform certain parts of a project once they are properly trained.

A well trained patent analyst will help reduce the report requesting lawyer’s time in the file, so the aggregate costs to the client are lower. The Priority Law course teaches and certifies an engineer how to understand and communicate with the report requesting lawyer about US Priority Law.

If you study hard and take this seriously, you will be way ahead of the competition in your pursuit of performing high-end patent analysis services for patent lawyers.  Of course, Priority Law is just the first course in a series of courses that can turn you into a patent analyst.

Please let us know if you would like further information about our courses or watch the below free video tour.

Thanks and good luck! 

Dan Bell,  (Contact me.)

Do not disclose confidential information to me.  This is not legal advice or opinion.  This does not represent the current state of the law and does not include all issues relevant to this topic.  Do not take any action based upon this information without discussing the facts of your case with your lawyer.  I hereby refuse to be your lawyer.   I am only teaching now.  Copyrights © 2010 Dan Bell

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