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YouTube is a fantastic source of information. There is seemingly a video on any topic you can imagine. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video can be worth millions of words. So how do you take a video and turn it into something that can be submitted as an NPL document as part of an information disclosure statement? It needs to be converted into a PDF document as I will show below.
In any patent case, it is important to make sure that all of the known art has been cited during prosecution across all of the patents in the portfolio. One tool that patent owners and lawyers can use to ensure that literature has been consistently and thoroughly cited across a patent family is an "art matrix." This post shows how to create an “art matrix” in Excel.
Patent families can become complicated. It is helpful to have a simple tool like a patent family tree to avoid making a mistake that can have a significant impact on the overall value of a patent portfolio.
One way that independent inventors and patent owners can track the patent terms and maintenance fee status of each of the patents in a portfolio is with a spreadsheet. This post will illustrate how you can collect and organize the information.