Clearstone FTO’s Enhanced Sharing Capabilities Make Collaboration Seamless and Smart

We’re excited to announce that Clearstone FTO has been recently enhanced with powerful new features to greatly improve collaboration between patent counsel and R&D. These changes are already having a tremendous impact on our users’ ability to organize and share carefully curated information with numerous stakeholders in the patent clearance process, and have been referred to as “life-saving.”

The Clearstone FTO platform has always provided an efficient way for patent counsel to solicit and capture input from subject matter experts by using status indicators, comments, and review sharing functionality. Now, that capability goes further by utilizing the status indicators as a basis to define the scope of review by collaborators. Share recipients (“sharees”) now only see the patent documents for which their input is desired, and no others.

There are two new access-control profiles available within Clearstone FTO’s sharing functionality: Technical Review and Counsel Review.

Enhanced user access levels.

With Technical Review, users can limit access within a particular patent review so that the sharee only sees patents that have at least one claim that is marked with status “Need Technical Info.” Any patent that does not have this status indicator among its claims will not be visible to the sharee. This access profile has been extremely useful for streamlined collaboration between attorneys and engineers, for example, so that engineers are not exposed to any more information than they need to see.

With Counsel Review, users can limit access within a particular patent review so that the sharee only sees patents that have at least one claim that is marked with status “Counsel Review.” Any patent that does not have this status indicator among its claims will not be visible to the sharee. This access profile has been helpful to identify and limit the patents that are sent to outside counsel for review (or from outside counsel to in-house counsel), for example, or when non-attorneys perform some part of the clearance process and wish to limit the scope of review by counsel.

These enhanced access profiles are available to all users with Professional or Team/Enterprise accounts and may be used with any collaborator, including sharees with Standard (free) accounts.

For more information, reach out to us at info@clearstoneip.com.

ClearstoneIP Selected by LexisNexis for 2019 Accelerator Cohort

ClearstoneIP is proud to announce that it has been selected from a record number of applicants to participate in this year’s LexisNexis Legal Tech Accelerator.

“The Legal Tech Accelerator is an extension of the company’s long-standing support of the legal startup community worldwide and helps power legal market innovation, whether inside or outside its business. The program leverages the industry-leading market expertise and deep knowledge of LexisNexis’ and Lex Machina™ in the legal, technology and startup domains. Participants receive hands-on mentoring and guidance throughout the program, which is based in the Menlo Park, CA offices of Lex Machina and at the Raleigh Technology Center for LexisNexis on the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University.” (press release)

With a growing user community that includes startups and Fortune 500 companies, ClearstoneIP is pioneering the modern industry standard for patent clearance management. The LexisNexis Accelerator is a significant opportunity to gain insight, experience, and best practices from some of the legal tech industry’s most innovative and accomplished thinkers.

ClearstoneIP is excited to work with LexisNexis as it takes the next step in its growth and continues to develop the first commercial platform dedicated to the patent clearance and freedom-to-operate process.

ClearstoneIP to Attend Upcoming IP Law Events

ClearstoneIP will be attending two major IP community events this fall.
We’d love to meet you!

2018 IPO Annual Meeting, Chicago

First, it’s the 2018 IPO Annual Meeting in Chicago on September 23-25th. ClearstoneIP will be exhibiting as part of the IP Expo, showcasing our continually evolving cloud platform for managing the complexities of the patent clearance and freedom-to-operate process, Clearstone FTO.

Click here for program and registration information.

2018 AIPLA Annual Meeting, Washington DC

Then, we’ll be at the 2018 AIPLA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on October 25-27th. ClearstoneIP’s CEO and Co-Founder, Gabe Sukman, will be speaking as part of a panel on the timely subject of:

Defending Against Willful Infringement Post-Halo

Learn what steps you can take, both pre-suit and during litigation, to minimize your risk of exposure to enhanced damages due to willful infringement.

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We hope to see you at these great events!

An IP Thought Leader Shares Her Experiences with Clearstone FTO

Jackie Hutter thinks differently about IP protection and business value creation, and has built her practice around maximizing businesses’ return on innovation investment. She has a unique ability to recognize and seize opportunity for her clients, rather than put up fences.

In a recent article, Jackie shared her experiences using Clearstone FTO for patent search and analysis. While the project wasn’t specifically focused on freedom-to-operate, Jackie quickly realized that the platform simply makes a number of different types of patent analysis much more efficient and actionable, including complex prior art searching:

Quite simply, because of the functional and elegant dashboard in the Clearstone FTO product, I was able to look at the relevant aspects of each patent document and make substantive notations of the relevance (or lack thereof) at a speed I never before thought possible.

Click here to read Jackie’s article.

ClearstoneIP Announces New FTO Platform

ClearstoneIP is proud to announce the beta release of its next generation freedom-to-operate management platform, Clearstone FTO. With guidance and feedback from IP industry leaders, we’ve infused this new web-based application with the ideal combination of best practices, workflows, and collaboration features to bring much-needed efficiency to a critical process.

Some of the core features of the platform include:

  • Product-focused organization of FTO reviews – all reviews for a product easily locatable in one place.
  • Claim-by-claim FTO determinations with integrated patent review interface.
  • Team collaboration – messaging, workflow management, asset sharing, all easily handled between team members.
  • Patent history review – easily see what decisions were made on a patent, in any prior review and any other product.
  • Customizable reporting – user-configurable to report the most essential information.

With state-of-the-art security features, Clearstone FTO makes it simple and safe to access vital information from anywhere. It’s an intuitive and powerful approach to manage and interact with information that was previously relegated to hundreds of spreadsheets scattered throughout organizations.

Click here to learn more.

ClearstoneIP Announces Pilot Program in Arterial Stent Patents

ClearstoneIP announces the launch of a pilot testing program for its new web application, Clearstone Elements™. The pilot program is slated to begin in November 2014 and run until Spring 2015. Clearstone Elements™ will apply ClearstoneIP’s revolutionary claims-based patent analysis platform to the field of arterial stent technology. Approved pilot group testers will be granted unlimited, free access to the Clearstone Elements™ software for the duration of the program.

Pilot Group Applicants Requested

Pilot testers will be the first to experience this groundbreaking patent analysis tool, which enables users to conduct clearance, infringement, and other claim-coverage-based analyses against all patents existing in released patent collections. The first patent collection will contain the approximately 1,200 U.S. patents assigned to Boston Scientific SciMed, Inc. that are classified in USPC 623/1.1 through 1.54 (relating to “Arterial Prosthesis”). Owning more than 15% of the stent patent universe, Boston Scientific Scimed is the largest patent holder in the field. The program’s launch will immediately provide powerful insight into the patent landscape of the industry’s largest participant.

Additional patent collections will be released each week by assignee, including Abbott Cardiovascular, Endologix, Medtronic, Cook Medical, Advanced Cardiovascular, W.L. Gore, Bard, Medinol, Johnson & Johnson, and more. The complete pool of all patents classified in USPC 623/1.1 through 1.54 is expected to be available in Spring 2015.

To join the pilot test group, please apply at http://www.clearstoneip.com/apply or email ClearstoneIP at info@clearstoneip.com.

The ClearstoneIP Platform

ClearstoneIP’s platform has been recognized for delivering a truly unique approach to patent analysis. For the first time, patent professionals can access a hierarchically organized record of technical elements that reflect actual claim coverage (as opposed to general patent disclosure). When a user selects elements that are not embodied by a product undergoing analysis, the application will automatically eliminate patents that require the selected element for infringement. With each mouse click, patents are removed from the results, eventually resulting in a manageable list of highly relevant patents for further review by the user. Initial test results comparing Clearstone Elements™ to conventional search methods have been staggering – with ClearstoneIP’s software yielding vast improvements in precision, reliability and speed.

ClearstoneIP is determined to map and organize the entire universe of patents in this manner. It has begun the process by focusing on medical devices, but this just the beginning.

Clearstone Elements™ — Example of interactive element hierarchy and results
Clearstone Elements™ — Example of interactive element hierarchy and results

Why Stents?

Patent litigation in the medical device arena generates some of the largest damages and settlements of any industry. The number of patent infringement lawsuits in the field is also sky-high, with stent-related actions notoriously common. Companies are often unaware of the risks they face because conventional patent search methods are simply not tailored for claims-based searching.

Using Clearstone Elements™ with the forthcoming stent database, companies can mitigate the risk of litigation by quickly ascertaining problematic patents based on what the claims actually cover. Many other benefits may also be realized through the program’s unique product-to-patent mapping capability, including determining licensing opportunities, evaluating potential patent acquisitions, and improving patent marking processes.

About ClearstoneIP

ClearstoneIP is a California-based company built to provide industry leaders and innovators with a truly revolutionary platform for conducting product clearance, freedom to operate, and patent infringement searches. ClearstoneIP was founded by a team of forward-thinking patent attorneys and software developers who believe that barriers to innovation can be overcome with innovation itself.

ClearstoneIP Launches First Elimination-Based Patent Analysis Platform

Palo Alto, CA:  ClearstoneIP LLC announced today the release of its debut product and the first elimination-based patent search and management platform – Clearstone Innovator. The application is expected to disrupt existing industry standards and conventional wisdom about patent clearance and other patent management activities by creating an entirely new analytical paradigm.

ClearstoneIP rejects the traditional notion that clearance searches ought to be carried out using the same methods applicable to prior art or validity searches. Instead, the Innovator search platform uniquely ties patents to their required claim elements and presents the elements in an intuitive and functional hierarchy. Searchers narrow the set of relevant patents by selecting elements that are not embodied by a product undergoing search. The software employs a patented method to eliminate patents that require the selected elements for infringement, resulting in a manageable short list of potentially relevant patents. The program also enables users to uniquely memorialize patent infringement analysis so that repeated analysis is avoided in subsequent searches.

The company believes that much of the problem with patent clearance relates to the excessive amount of search results, or “hits,” commonly retrieved with traditional (prior art-focused) search methods, such as those based on keywords, synonyms, and concept-mapping. These traditional methods are adept at amassing a large set of resultant patents, but do not help zero in on the most relevant results. In addition, conventional methods fail to take account of fundamental differences between validity searching and clearance searching – which include the recognition that patent disclosures are almost always very different in scope from patent claims. These differences are at the core of the Clearstone Innovator logic.

By inverting the traditional logic paradigm so that the focus is on features not embodied by a product being cleared, ClearstoneIP’s software cuts to the chase and enables complete clearance searches to be performed in a fraction of the time and cost, generally within one day. Clearstone Innovator also simplifies and uniquely enables ongoing patent portfolio and marking management.