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IP Toolworks announces launch of Arguminer, patent prosecution software

successful patent attorneys reaching an agreement

A tool allowing users to harness the insight of over 16,000 patent attorneys in preparing responses

I want to do the best job possible when I'm prosecuting patents for my clients. With this software I know that I do.”
— William Morriss, IP Toolworks inventor and cofounder
CINCINNATI, OHIO, UNITED STATES, October 6, 2017 / -- “There may be as many patent offices as there are patent examiners,” concludes a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research. In other words, despite the assumption that patent applications are reviewed and negotiated within a unified legal framework, so much heterogeneity exists within and across art units that each examiner might as well be considered an independent entity. On October 19-21 at the AIPLA 2017 Annual Meeting, IP Toolworks will debut Arguminer, a tool equipping users with strategies to navigate this challenging situation. Arguminer supplies Dynamic Applied Authority, allowing users to leverage speed, precision and comprehensive knowledge in their negotiations with the patent office. Users can upload office actions, which the software compares with hundreds of thousands of other applications, to identify those most similar based on multiple parameters. A few seconds later the matches are made, and the tool provides users with specific, concrete feedback on what arguments did and didn’t work in situations resembling their own.

Arguminer goes beyond templates and statistical predictions to leverage big data to improve the substantive content of what actually goes into responses. The breaking of knowledge siloes in the patent industry is something that has only become possible with recent USPTO initiatives to make electronic data available. CEO, Yvonne Morriss explains, “The timing was right. We have been able to utilize sophisticated search technology combined with the accessibility of on demand processing platforms to turn this data into something that can have a real impact on the prosecution process.” The tool has attracted attention both for its potential in training for younger associates, and in providing experienced attorneys with new avenues for getting around impasses with difficult examiners. Inventor William Morriss, who uses the software in his own practice writes, “I want to do the best job possible for my clients. With this software I know that I do.”

To learn more, visit IP Toolworks at the AIPLA, Oct. 19-21 in Washington DC, at booth 7, or online at You can also connect with William Morriss on YouTube, where he provides commentary on IP strategy in episodes of Shark Tank in his web series, IANYA Chat.

IP Toolworks is a legal software startup built with the mission of making good IP attorneys better. The Cincinnati-based team combines deep experience in law and computer programming with a humanities-based perspective. The company has been recognized in local startup events including as a winner of Xavier University’s XLAB competition. IP Toolworks is thrilled to be announcing launch upon conclusion of an extended private beta.

Yvonne Morriss
IP Toolworks
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IP Toolworks Arguminer Demo