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MaxVal Launches SymphonyIAM – an Innovative Intellectual Asset Management Platform

symphonyiam-bannerMaxVal, a leading IP management solution provider is pleased to announce the public launch of SymphonyIAM — its new cloud-based intellectual asset management platform.

SymphonyIAM is the complete intellectual asset management platform that enables IP counsel and IP managers to mitigate risk and manage better by providing visibility, insight and control over their intellectual assets.

SymphonyIAM integrates all aspects of intellectual asset management into one platform with capabilities including invention management, docketing, portfolio management, workflow management, annuity management, expense forecasting, analytics, reporting and more.  A key component of SymphonyIAM is MaxVal’s newly developed GFWTM global prosecution data sync technology that enables unified data collection from both public and private patent data sources including prosecution data from the U.S. as well as all major foreign patent offices. Steven Gong, patent attorney and product director for SymphonyIAM says “SymphonyIAM’s ability to build a strong data foundation through unprecedented access to U.S. and foreign patent data is a game changer for the industry, because maintaining correct, current, complete IP data is critical to any IP department.”

MaxVal CEO, D. Bommi Bommannan, says “SymphonyIAM received overwhelmingly positive response from industry thought leaders during the private launch earlier this year. Based on the positive feedback and comments from IP counsel and IP managers of some of the most innovative Internet, high-tech, biomedical and pharmaceutical companies, we are now pleased to announce the public launch of SymphonyIAM.  With SymphonyIAM, users will, a) know what assets they have, b) have the tools they need to analyze and manage those assets throughout the asset lifecycle and c) be able to generate insightful reports for key stakeholders. SymphonyIAM will reduce risk and make IP operations more efficient.”

For more information about SymphonyIAM, please visit www.symphonyIAM.com or email symphonyiam@maxval.com.

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MaxVal’s Litigation Databank to supplement Aistemos’ IP Analytics Platform, Cipher

Los Altos, CA – MaxVal Group, Inc. is pleased to announce its latest partnership with Aistemos, Europe’s leading IP analytics company, for its patent litigation data. US-based MaxVal licences its curated patent litigation data and the databank application programming interface (API) for integration into Aistemos’ global IP intelligence platform, Cipher.

MaxVal’s Patent Litigation Databank is a comprehensive collection of cases (71,000+) of the US District Court, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, International Trade Commission, Supreme Court, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. It has fully searchable databases related to patent litigation from ECFs, PACER, ITC, etc.

Major benefits of MaxVal’s Patent Litigation Databank are proactively monitoring and querying whether patents of interest have been litigated; gaining analytical insights on plaintiffs, defendants, filing trends and courts, and staying updated with patent litigation alerts.

Paybacks of the API include easy access to complex litigation data without incurring any PACER expenses; and querying and analyzing using over 20 litigation fields including patents, products, plaintiff, defendant, court, judge, law firm, and outcome of cases.

Cipher is the world’s first IP analytics solution to aggregate, analyze and visualize IP data relating to patents and related events including litigation and licensing. MaxVal’s Patent Litigation Databank will seamlessly integrate into Cipher and be available to Aistemos’ clients immediately.

MaxVal’s CEO, D. Bommi Bommannan noted that combining good quality patent litigation data with IP analytics, as done by Cipher, provides clients a powerful mechanism to assess and manage patent litigation risk. Cipher combines the power of machine learning, AI and powerful visualization methods to help businesses understand and communicate IP strategy instantly. 

Commenting on the partnership, Nigel Swycher, CEO of Aistemos, said: “The production of world class IP analytics requires best in class data and MaxVal has done excellent work curating litigation and dispute data from a range of US venues.


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MaxVal’s SymphonyIAM Will Enable Better IP Management

By Steven Gong JD, MSCE
Director, MaxVal, SymphonyIAM Product Manager

I am excited to announce the preview of MaxVal’s SymphonyIAMTM.  SymphonyIAM is a complete Intellectual Asset Management solution built on the foundation of correct, current, and complete asset information by leveraging unparalleled access to both public and private data sources.  Based on this foundation, SymphonyIAM provides IP managers full visibility to their patent portfolio.  This  allows  them to make insightful decisions, take informed actions and mitigate risk.

As described in our recent article “Intellectual Asset Management Should be Affordable and Easy”, for innovative companies, intellectual assets are the ultimate source of competitive advantage.  These assets usually underpin a company’s valuation and must be managed carefully.  At MaxVal, we often see IP managers struggle with juggling docketing systems, spreadsheets and patent workflow management in general.  Furthermore, as the patent portfolio grows, having that critical visibility of the assets in the portfolio becomes a challenge.

MaxVal has built SymphonyIAM by bringing together over a decade of experience in working with intellectual asset data and automating IP lifecycle management processes.  SymphonyIAM enables direct access to public patent data of all the major patent offices around the world as well as your private data through MaxVal’s patent pending technology.  SymphonyIAM enables IP Managers to finally see a complete view of their portfolio to unleash the strategic value of their assets with data-driven insights.

Leveraging one of the most powerful and secure cloud platform, SymphonyIAM helps companies  streamline their IP management processes. From invention capture, portfolio management, docketing, renewals, reporting, workflow automation, and analytics, SymphonyIAM provides the best-in-class solution for inventors, IP managers, in-house counsel, outside counsel and IP operations staff.

To learn more about SymphonyIAM, please see this short video.

MaxVal is now running an invitation-only beta test of SymphonyIAM.  If you would like to experience SymphonyIAM as a beta-tester, please submit your e-mail address at our SymphonyIAM preview page.

Thank you for your support.  I am excited to share SymphonyIAM with you soon.


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Why do Korean Companies Care About US Patent Litigation?

South Korea’s WIPS Co. Ltd. has licensed MaxVal’s Litigation Databank to provide comprehensive information on US patent litigation to their clients.  WIPS is the leading online patent information service provider in South Korea.  WIPS Global is a web based patent search system with comprehensive global patent data coverage, including the US, Europe, Japan and China.

Why is US patent litigation data of interest to Korean companies?   The answer is that Korean companies are frequently involved in US patent litigation.  The information provided by MaxVal’s Litigation Databank enables Korean companies to keep up to date on their cases and to monitor litigation that affects their industry and provides them insight into the US patent litigation environment.

The table below shows the leading Korean technology companies that have been involved in patent litigation in 2015, and over the last five years.

Trimmed name used for search

Cases in 2015

Cases in the last  5 Yrs

Plaintiff

Defendant

Plaintiff

Defendant

Samsung Electronics

1

61 11

249

LG Electronics

1

41 5

200

SK Hynix

0

1 0

8

Hyundai Motor

0

10 0

46

Kia Motors

0

5 1

24

Nautilus Hyosung

0

1 1

2

The ongoing patent litigation between Apple and Korea’s Samsung Electronics is well known.  Samsung Electronics has been involved in a large number of cases – mostly as a defendant.   IPR2015-01135 is an interesting PTAB case involving Samsung Electronics and NVIDIA (MaxVal’s Litigation Databank includes PTAB cases).

LG Electronics was sued in California Central District Court ( case 8:13-cv-00134) in which Digitech Image Technologies charged infringement of its US 6,128,415 relating to capturing, transforming or rendering color images.

In 1.11:cv-04356 Korean semiconductor memory maker SK Hynix was sued in Illinois Northern District Court by Cascades Computer Innovation LLC over US patent 6,366,130 “High speed low power data transfer scheme”.

It is somewhat surprising to see how many cases Hyundai and Kia Motors are involved in.  Interesting cases include:

  • 1:11-cv-00934– Delaware District Court.  Beacon Navigation GmbH charged Hyundai with infringement over vehicle navigation  patent USPN 5,878,368.  Kia Motors was sued over the same patent in case 1:11-cv- .  Beacon Navigation also filed suit against Ford, GM, BMW, Honda, Mazda and other auto manufacturers.
  • 1:13-cv-00275 In Delaware District Court, 911 Notify LLC sued Hyundai Motor over USPN6,775,356, which claims system for notification relating to an emergency call from a telecommunication device. Ford Motor and other manufacturers were also sued by 911 Notify.
  • 6:09-cv-00479 Clear with Computers, LLC sued Hyundai in the Texas Eastern District Court over three US patents, including USPN 5,367,627 “Computer-assisted parts sales method”.

Finally, Diebold sued Korea’s Nautilus Hyosung over ATM machine patents in 2015.  In Ohio Northern District Court case 1:15-cv-02153 Diebold charged that the Nautilus line of HALO ATM machines infringed six of its US patents.

A manufacturer in any industry doing business in the highly competitive US market faces the risk of patent infringement suits. These examples show that Korean companies are no exception.   Given that patent litigation is a reality, it is important to stay current on specific cases and general trends.  MaxVal’s Litigation Databank makes it easy for companies to do so.

The Litigation Databank is a searchable database of US patent litigation.  Litigation Databank covers the US District Court, the US Court of Appeals, the US Supreme Court and the ITC.  MaxVal has recently added coverage of the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).  Subscribers receive daily alerts and access to a web based search and reporting system.  The Litigation Databank is also available as an Application Programming Interface (API).  The API allows subscriber patent databases and tools interface directly with the Patent Litigation Databank database.

A video demonstrating the system is available Litigation Databank Demo.

For more information on Litigation Databank, contact MaxVal at bd@maxval.com.


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MaxVal Releases the PTA Wizard – A DIY Tool to Calculate USPTO Patent Term Adjustments

MaxVal has just released the PTA Wizard – a powerful do-it-yourself tool for verifying the patent term adjustment calculations of the US patent and trademark office.

The USPTO extends the normal term of a patent with a patent term adjustment that is based on delays in prosecution. The calculation is complicated and is supported by data that resides in the USPTO PAIR system. The PTA Wizard allows users to view all the data and see how it has been used to compute the PTA. Users can make changes to the data to see the impact of missing data or mistakes that may have been made on the PTA.

How the PTA Wizard works

After logging in, users have to enter the patent number. The PTA Wizard then imports the relevant information from the USPTO PAIR system. Clicking “Import PTA Data” retrieves all the current PTA-related data from PAIR, which is saved in the database of the PTA Wizard. Your work is listed on the home screen allowing you to save your work and resume your analysis at any time.

PTA Wizard_1

Once the data is loaded, the PTA Wizard shows the PTA calculation of the PTO, and a new PTA is calculated based on the updated contents of the PAIR file. Users can access the application data, the PTO calculation details, and the updated calculation using tabs. These tabs are laid out in a manner that is similar to the PAIR record layout.

PTA Wizard_2

To see the details behind the PTA value, users can check each type of delay. The “A Delay” activities are shown below. The delays are color coded and linked. Yellow activities are those entered by the USPTO, orange by the applicant, and red activities denote an RCE (Request for Continued Examination).

PTA Wizard_3

Users can add new activities or edit existing activities. Users can change the delay value directly, or change the activity date or start/stop value. The PTA Wizard will then automatically calculate a new delay value based on the new activity date or start/stop value.

PTA Wizard_4

When you are done analyzing and editing the delay data, you can click “Export to Excel”. A summary of the PTA calculation is shown in the “Extension” tab. All the activity details are shown in the “IFW” tab.

PTA Wizard_5

If you wish to petition for a change to the PTA, you can use this information in your petition.

PTA Service

MaxVal offers a Patent Term Adjustment Calculation Service where an expert staff member at MaxVal goes directly into PAIR to recompute and verify whether the PTA calculation of the PTO is correct. With the PTA Wizard, users themselves can easily verify the computations. By this, users gain insight into the underlying data and are able to reduce costs.

If correct patent term adjustments are important to your business, you should try the PTA Wizard.

See a video demonstration of the PTA Wizard

Contact bd@maxval.com for more information.


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MaxVal’s Litigation Databank Now Includes PTAB Search and Alerts*

MaxVal’s Litigation Databank contains a comprehensive database of over 71,000 cases from the U.S. District Courts, the Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court and the ITC.  Litigation Databank subscribers can search cases, produce reports on cases and parties, set watches and download case related documents.

Existing and new Litigation Databank subscribers registered before Jan 31, 2016, can access USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) cases at no extra cost.

PTAB cases cover AIA post-grant, interference and interpartes reviews. Within Litigation Databank, users can search PTAB court proceedings, see details about the case, see the final decision and purchase case related documents.

Here is a short video demonstration of Litigation Databank


The Litigation Databank is available from MaxVal through a low priced subscription. It is a SaaS application with no software to install. The API connection is through SSL.

The Litigation Databank helps patent attorneys every day as they prepare for litigation and monitor the progress of their cases through the courts.  With the Litigation Databank, you can:

  • Proactively monitor and query whether patents of interest have been litigated.
  • Gain analytical insights on plaintiffs, defendants, filing trends, courts, etc.
  • Stay updated with patent litigation alerts.
  • Query and analyze over 20 litigation fields including patents, products, plaintiff, defendant, court, judge, law firm and case outcome.
  • Minimize PACER expenses.

Litigation API

An API (Application Programming Interface) service is available for the Litigation Databank. The API allows your patent databases/tools to interface with our database and populate litigation data based on your specific requirements.

PTAB Alert

MaxVal also offers a PTAB Alerting Service.  PTAB Alerts are an e-mail notification of changes to cases you are following.  *Please contact us with your custom request for an estimate.

Contact MaxVal today for more information at bd@maxval.com.


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MaxVal’s Max-IDS: New Features Make It Easier Than Ever For Your Team To Manage Information Disclosures

Max-IDS is MaxVal’s cloud-based, hosted, Information Disclosure/Reference Management solution.  Max-IDS is much more than a form generator.  Max-IDS stores your references in a centralized database together with information about the cases citing each reference. This promotes consistency, reduces confusion and makes ad-hoc solutions (such as individual spreadsheets) unnecessary.

MaxVal is constantly looking for ways to improve Max-IDS.  Based on user feedback, we have recently added the following enhancements to Max-IDS:

  • Reference source comments
  • Reference comparison chart enhancement
  • Case and Group functionality

Reference Source Comments

Max-IDS helps you keep your references organized.  Reference “Source Comments” are tags users can assign to their references. For example, relevant tags may include “search result”, “PTO” or “Inventor”.   Source Comments make references easier to find and sort, and communicate the source of the references.  MaxVal has just added the following new source related functionality:

  • “Additional Source Comments” – Your Max-IDS administrator can now define tags specifically for your organization, and add new tags at any time.
  • “Copy Source Comments from One Case to Another” – Users can compare cases, copy and append source comments from one case to another.

We have also added a handy “Reference Extractor”.  Users can import references directly from the Max-IDS PDF viewer. This eliminates the time consuming and error-prone process of OCR-ing documents to extract references. The Reference Extractor complements the existing Max-IDS bulk import tools.

Max-IDS Reference Extractor

 

Reference Chart Enhancements

Reference Charts are one of Max-IDS’ most powerful features.  Reference Charts show all references shared between a set of documents, and show which documents cite the reference.  This makes inconsistencies immediately visible.  This is extremely valuable when working with foreign filings and patent families.

The Status of each application is now visible in the Comparison Chart.   For example “Abandon”, “Filed Pending”, “Pending Published”, “Allowed” or “Issued”.

Max-IDS Reference Comparison Chart

 

Case and Group Functionality Enhancements

In addition to tracking references, Max-IDS tracks the cases that use the references.  These cases contain the patent applications, granted patents and related foreign family filings.  Cases can be grouped to enable outside counsel can see just their cases.  MaxVal has just released these enhancements to the Case and Group features:

  • “Search within a Case Group” – A new feature is the ability to search for references within a group of cases. This makes it easy for outside counsel to find the references for their cases.
  • “Group List Asset Count Report” – Clicking on the Export option in the List View will now download the group list along with the asset count for each group into an Excel spreadsheet.  Users can also export all the IDS records from a search result in a single instance.

Finally, we have improved security by enhancing the password security policy.

Support and Managed Services

Of course, MaxVal continues to provide Live Support to Max-IDS users and administrators.

Max-IDS is a cloud-based hosted software product.  Users and administrators access Max-IDS through a browser based interface.  MaxVal provides support and training for Max-IDS administrators.  MaxVal also offers Max-IDS as a fully managed service.  We can configure, maintain and administer your Max-IDS server for you.

If you would like more information on these new features, or you would like to see a Max-IDS demonstration, please contact us at bd@maxval.com.

Max-Insight Dashboard


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MaxVal’s Max-Insight: Popular Toolset for Patent Professionals Gets Better

Max-Insight is a suite of tools that is offered by MaxVal for patent professionals.  The tools are designed to help with routine tasks that can consume a lot of a patent professional’s time.

Patent Term Estimator – The Most Popular Tool

This free tool automatically estimates a patent’s expiration date, which is the first step in analyzing a patent. When a highly accurate patent expiration date is required, for example in preparation for litigation or for a licensing negotiation, MaxVal provides a comprehensive Patent Term Calculation report, including a manual review of the source data by a paralegal.  This report is available for a fee.

Max-Insight

Here is a complete list of the tools available through MaxVal’s Max-Insight:

  • PAIR AlertTM
  • Patent Term Estimator
  • Patent Family Tree
  • Claim Chart Generator
  • IDS Generator (for Information Disclosure Statements)
  • USPTO Widget (for patent data lookup by publication or application number)
  • Claims Set Comparison Tool
  • PAIR Uploader (upload EFS ready documents in bulk to PAIR)
  • Litigation Checker (quickly check to see if a patent has been involved in any litigation)
  • Patent Assignment Tracker

An entry level subscription to the Max-Insight suite is available for free at MaxVal.com.  Unlimited access is available with Enterprise paid subscriptions.

MaxVal has recently released a number of enhancements to the tool suite.  This includes,

  • SSL security protection. All transactions are now protected with a Secure Sockets Layer.
  • IDS Generator E-Mail. The IDS Generator now delivers results directly to the user via e-mail.
  • Claim Chart Generator. The Claims Chart Generator can now extract claims from EP and PCT cases, in addition to U.S. cases.
  • Litigation Checker tool. Users can now check the litigation status of Design patents and Re-issued patents, in addition to Utility patents.

Enhancements to MaxVal’s Alert Services

In addition to Max-Insight, IP professionals rely on MaxVal’s Alert Services to keep them up to date on their own or competitors’ applications and cases.

MaxVal has recently released its PTAB Alert Service. You can track the progress of PTAB cases automatically.

MaxVal’s Litigation Databank contains a comprehensive database of U.S. District Court, CAFC, ITC and Supreme Court cases.  You can set “watches” to alert you of changes to the status of cases of interest to you and your clients.

PAIR Alert  – An email-based alert assists patent professionals in tracking PAIR/EPO patent prosecution status and IFW updates for patent applications of interest (your/competitors’).  PAIR Alert is now available as part of Max-Insight.
Coming Soon: Self-service PTA Calculator

MaxVal will soon release an enhanced Patent Term Adjustment calculator.  This new tool supports attorneys and paralegals who wish to do the (PTA) recalculations themselves, but want assistance in gathering the required data.

MaxVal welcomes user feedback and suggestions on the tools.  We are continuing to develop the tools in response to user input.  If you have not tried Max-Insight, we suggest you do.  The basic tools are available at no cost with free registration.  Sign up here.


MaxVal’s PAIR Uploader – An Easy Tool to Upload Documents for IDS filing

PAIR Uploader (BPAIR Uploadereta) is a desktop application designed to allow users to upload their EFS ready documents in bulk into PAIR.  The tool obviates the need to upload documents one by one, thereby simplifying IDS filings.

In addition, the PAIR Uploader (Beta) is also integrated with our Max-Insight suite of tools. Once you have installed the tool, select the appropriate document type and category and then click “Submit”. After the initial setup, users can drag and drop EFS ready documents into corresponding category folders and the tool will upload the documents.

Key Features

With PAIR Uploader (Beta), now paralegals can

  • Follow simple work flow in uploading documents
  • Upload files category-wise with preview/edit option before submission
  • View dynamic acknowledgement from PTO as soon as the file is uploaded

Benefits

  • Saves time
  • User friendly
  • Data security with digital authentication
  • Ensures upload of all required documents without missing any
  • Competitive service fee


Max-Insight Dashboard – A New Enhancement from MaxVal

MaxVal introduces Max-Insight’s dashboard, helping users access all its solutions and services from one page.

 

 

This Dashboard enables users to:

  • View the usage count of all the tools based on the current plan
  • View features of the current plan and upgrade as needed
  • Access brochures for all of MaxVal’s products/services.

With this UI change, MaxVal has also introduced direct access to other solutions like Annuity Payer and Patent Assignment Tracking services.


Max-Insight Collection

Max-Insight is a suite of patent tools available from MaxVal Group. Max-Insight enables you to access them under one roof, which is efficient and saves time in managing patent related activities. These tools are designed for analyzing patent portfolios or performing administrative tasks relating to patents easily and quickly. Some popular tools of Max-Insight are Patent Term Estimator, Patent Family Tree, IDS Generator, Claim Chart Generator, etc.

Max-Insight is available in individual subscriptions: Free, Bronze, Silver and Gold with varying usage levels, as well as unlimited enterprise access plans.

 

About MaxVal
Founded in 2004 by a practicing patent attorney, MaxVal has evolved as we create innovative tools and services to solve real-world patent problems encountered by our clients.  We serve both in-house and outside counsel, as well as patent operations at both corporations and law firms.  Currently MaxVal has over 175 people including patent attorneys and agents, software developers, database experts, and paralegal and docketing professionals.