There are many ways to use PatDek to analyze prior art and decrease project costs.
For example, because of the way a case is configured, lower billable rate attorneys can be used to review prior art and fill in the concept/citation fields. Although this type of review process can be used when creating traditional claim charts, PatDek provides the advantage of a discrete framework along with helpful notes to guide attorneys during the review process. It is not necessary for reviewers to completely understand all claim construction positions when reviewing prior art because PatDek divides claim limitations into discrete segments for the reviewer. Notations are also provided for segments to provide helpful context to the reviewer during analysis. Because each reviewer uses the same template for each reference, better review uniformity is achieved. The roll-over notes feature is shown at the right. Consider now that the reviewer need not be intimately involved with the case at all, but rather could be a staff attorney or competent coding individual with an understanding of the underlying technology. In other words, you can now use a "review crowd" to analyze the results of a prior art search. The results of the review will still require overview and careful consideration, but the data entry function will have been shifted to a lower hourly cost work project. More importantly, the "review crowd" may actually have better technical expertise with the subject matter to extract relevant information beyond that yielded by typical patent litigation associates at a law firm.
Other reports provide: section 102/103 reference lists for selected claims; a table that identifies all prior art references for a case identifying the pertinent information for each reference; and a heat map showing the frequency of each concept relevant to a patent or group of claims. You can now view your data not just in chart form, but from other perspectives to pinpoint shortcomings.
The invalidity chart contains the information entered about each concept. Because each claim limitation is linked to concepts, all relevant information for a claim limitation appears in the chart and can be changed by editing any concept.×
The Progress Table shows you the concepts required by each claim/claim limitation in the left-hand column. Along the top of the table, you see the references for your case. The table is populated with checkmarks indicating that a reference discloses the concept.×