Continuing Education Committee Presents: Finding a Needle in the Haystack – Using to Identify Successful Patent Prosecution Petitions

Finding a Needle in the Haystack: Using to Identify Successful Patent Prosecution Petitions

Description: This presentation will go through a brief background on petitions, the various types of petitions, and then a live demo of’s database.


Julie Burke

In 2020, Julie Burke founded IP Quality Pro LLC, a patent prosecution consulting venture, and provides assistance and guidance to help patent practitioners efficiently and effectively navigate procedural obstacles with the USPTO.

As an advisor to, Julie provides assistance and guidance on the creation and use of the first comprehensive searchable database of patent prosecution documents filed with the USPTO.

Julie was a Patent Scientist at Knobbe Martens from 2015-2020.  She handled patent prosecution matters with a special interest in resolving complex procedural issues across all technology sectors.

From 1995-2015, Julie served as a Primary Examiner, Special Program Examiner and then as Quality Assurance Specialist in Technology Center 1600 of the USPTO, where she drafted petition decisions, reviewed quality of Office Actions and allowances and evaluated patent examination practices to identify targets for quality improvement.

Michael Spector
Co-founder of

Michael Spector is the co-founder of, the first comprehensive searchable database of USPTO patent petition documents. By utilizing’s extensive searchable database, patent attorneys, patent agents, and their support teams can efficiently search through 500,000 petition documents to readily find ones with similar issues and/or fact patterns – the needles-in-a-haystack.  As a result, patent professionals will be able to more quickly and easily craft a petition with an increased likelihood of being granted on the first attempt, potentially avoiding the need to request reconsideration.

Michael is also the Chief Operating Officer at The LISA App, a provider of on-site beauty and wellness services to employees and tenants.  Previously, Michael worked as an Investment Analyst at Castle Creek Arbitrage in Chicago, Scoggin Capital in New York City, and Messner & Smith Investment Management in San Diego. Michael also worked at a start-up technology company and as an Investment Banking Analyst at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Michael earned a BBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  Michael co-founded Year Up Chicago’s Leadership Council and served as the Co-Chair for 10 years.

When: Wednesday, December 8th, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Where:  At your desk via Zoom. Registrants will receive webinar details prior to the program.

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