Why Does An Integrated Solution for Developing a Patent Application Matter?

Rowan frequently talks about how we provide a single end-to-end integrated solution for developing a patent application. What does this really mean, and what benefits does it provide to a drafting attorney and their clients, whether internal or external? Why not just use a simple add-in to an existing product? How is Rowan different from patent drafting tools and error checking solutions like PatentOptimizer, Patent Bots, ClaimMaster,, or Harrity?

An All in One Solution for Drafting Patents

The answer is that Rowan gives you ALL the functionality you need to draft a patent in ONE place. Why does one place matter? It means that all the elements of your application are in sync without you having to be the one doing the syncing. It means you don’t have to copy and paste between multiple tools that aren’t speaking to each other. It means that when you make a change in one place, the dynamic environment ensures that this change is updated everywhere else that is appropriate. When we talk about patent automation, one of the benefits is this consistency.

The integrated solution that is unique to Rowan Patents keeps all the elements of your patent application correlated through an object-based set of terms. Terms are the connection between the specification and the drawings. If you have a drawing element that doesn’t have a reference in the specification, our analytics will identify it for you. Because they are objects, if you change a term, you don’t have to perform a search and replace in order to ensure it is changed properly everywhere; you simply change it in the term manager and the entire application is updated. If you add a drawing in the middle of your set of drawings, the system automatically renumbers every part and every reference to that part throughout the application. Drag and drop to change the order of drawings and all references are automatically updated. Same with claim numbering. We do it for you. Move one around and everything gets renumbered. Mundane tasks such as renumbering become a thing of the past.

A Better Use of Your Time

This saves time and ensures consistency, freeing you up to spend more time on the strategic elements of patent drafting and prosecution. Which means better client service, especially with respect to the changes that inevitably arise after the first draft. Whether the changes are driven by you, someone in your organization who has reviewed the draft, or from a client meeting, they are easier for you to implement. Patent automation products that are add-ins require you to switch back and forth between the tool for the specification and the tool for the drawings. Ensuring consistency between the two is your job. This takes your time. With Rowan, it is our job. We do it for you.

Smarter Automation Ensures Consistency

Some patent automation tools like Patent Bots do error checking of your draft. We do this as well. But wouldn’t it be better to not make mistakes in the first place? Do builders design a building and then see if it is structurally sound? Our patent drafting software help you to build your patent applications right the first time.

There are several patent drafting tools that help with the first draft – automating some of the elements, which we do through transformations, flowchart generation, content reuse and more. But only Rowan goes further and enables the dynamic environment of changes that come after the first draft. Changes from your client are easy to implement. Again, this increases efficiency and improves your client service.

Does it take a little time to learn a new patent drafting solution? Yes. But Rowan’s hands-on personalized training experience has proven that if you work with the system for 1 month or perhaps even less—you will see 30%+ efficiency gains.

Rowan Patents frees you up to spend more time on the strategic elements of patent drafting and prosecution, and that equates to one thing: better client service.