Patent Assignment Reporting in 5 easy steps

This blog post will explain how you can achieve easy and efficient patent assignment reporting in just 5 steps. Read on for the simple workflow that has every paralegal saying, “I wish I had this last week!”

Confirming ownership of patent assets and reviewing the chain of title is a necessary process for anybody supporting the IP activities for your company/client in:

  • M&A (due diligence, portfolio intake)
  • Licensing
  • Auditing the data in your IP management system
  • NEW: Opting out of the Unified Patent Court (UPC)

The USPTO’s Assignment database is the single source of truth, and I don’t need to tell you that it can be time-consuming to check. Searching one by one and downloading “reel and frame” documents isn’t anybody’s idea of a good time.

Skip the hassle with PatDocs. Follow these five steps to bypass the USPTO’s website, save time, and reassure IP counsel that their ownership is airtight.

  1. Search. Either upload patent numbers, or search by company name using the newly enhanced Company Search with corporate hierarchy data.
  2. Export. Make sure you select “Assignments (one per column)” (bonus: also include “Family Tree” to easily review the entire family with an automatically generated visualisation)

Patent Assignment

3. Click. Each cell is hyperlinked to the original “reel and frame” document from the USPTO.

Patent Assignment

4. Share. The links will work for your client, too – even if they don’t subscribe to PatDocs.

5. Done. Get on with your day.

Reporting on Patent Assignment (or “chain of title”) is as necessary as it is tedious. This is why we are excited to show PatDocs subscribers a new workflow that makes it much easier. If you’re not currently subscribed to PatDocs, you can request your free demo here.