Your company may have grown to a size where it’s no longer easy to tell which of the many patents you hold cover your products. Even if you have that information, every patent contains numerous claims. Do you know if these claims cover the technology you intend them to protect?
A Claim Coverage Matrix shows you which patents and claims are actively protecting your intellectual property, and where gaps or opportunities exist.
Track patents by claims and scope concepts
Although claims are the most important part of any patent application, they can also be the most difficult to understand. Most intellectual property law firms deal individually with patents and claims, which limits their understanding of your patent landscape. Schwegman’s process involves categorizing your patents not only by claims but also by the overarching scope concepts that can link claims on similar patents.
These scope concepts provide a powerful categorization tool for filtering, searching and accurately analyzing large numbers of patent claims concurrently. The more patents and claims you put into our system, the more efficient it becomes – unlike traditional methods of determining claims coverage.
Claim Charts make it easy to review patent coverage with your engineers, scientists and management
All of your claims and the associated scope concepts are stored in our ClaimScape® software, which generates interactive claim charts. These charts can be reviewed by your technical experts to determine whether a particular scope concept is applicable to a target product or method. This method is quick and accurate, helping you to determine if there are gaps in your current coverage –it also highlights future design opportunities. The scope concepts of your patent claims directly relate to the value of your patent claims:
- high – value to your company right now;
- medium – indicating a potential future direction; or
- low – perhaps not worth maintaining.
The charts make it easy to spot areas where you don’t have the claim coverage you need.
These charts can easily be updated over time as more patents are filed or as you explore other avenues of development. You can also use these charts to help your engineers, scientists and management determine new design options.