NuVasive® leverages the power of LexisNexis® IP Solutions to dig deep into USPTO data to drive patents from application to approval.

Overcoming Process Inefficiencies

NuVasive is a medical device company whose competitive advantage derives from the speed of its innovation in products and procedures for the spine. The IP team felt it had no control over the patent application process and needed to understand why some took longer than others. Since process enhancement is vital to NuVasive, the IP team sought to devise more efficient strategies for obtaining patents.

It was an opaque process. At a critical moment, we would often get bogged down inside the USPTO. I knew it didn’t have to be that way.

Jonathan Spangler, Vice President and Chief Patent Counsel for NuVasive

Strategies for Earlier IP Protections

LexisNexis PatentAdvisor® provided NuVasive insight into the USPTO process, allowing the IP team to craft efficient prosecution strategies and to quickly make informed decisions about when action was required. The company reduced bottlenecks in the process, resulting in more streamlined approvals.

The data that PatentAdvisor reveals is a feedback mechanism we use to decide if more resources should be allocated for a specific patent application.

Jonathan Spangler, Vice President and Chief Patent Counsel for NuVasive

The Benefits of Patent Prosecution Data Analytics

  • NuVasive gained clarity of process by immediately integrating PatentAdvisor tools into its workflow.
  • The company can now display a comprehensive overview of every patent in the NuVasive portfolio.
  • PatentAdvisor afforded greater certainty around prosecution costs because USPTO actions were more predictable.
  • The company gained ongoing actionable intelligence, allowing for quick decisions when patents were off track.