Deep Ellum Search Company uses proprietary search methodologies, along with innovative and insightful thinking to find prior art where others may not have thought to look. We bring a specialized mix of technical, legal, linguistic, foreign language and search expertise to the table. More importantly, years of experience in patent litigation strategy and case management allow us to spot key issues, meet client expectations, and work seamlessly with joint defense groups.
We will assist you in developing a robust picture of the state of the relevant art, or in thinking creatively beyond the body of art you’ve already gathered. We provide fresh perspectives on possible trial themes and alternative avenues of investigation, all with the goal of honing and clarifying your invalidity case.
Deep Ellum Search Company is unique. We have succeeded in finding prior art where years of searching have been conducted, by both traditional prior art search firms, as well as “crowd-sourcing” and outsourcing prior art search companies. In one example of many, the patents-in-suit had been through ITC litigation and inter partes reexamination. In another, the patent at issue had been through six years of prior litigation, involving more than fifty defendants and their various law firms. Unsurprisingly (to us, at least!), Deep Ellum Search Company was able to locate new art that was significantly better than anything in either client’s arsenal.
Millions, sometimes billions, of dollars can be at stake in patent litigation, and finding clear and effective invalidating prior art can dramatically alter your client’s strategic litigation and settlement positions. The contingency fee pricing model offered by Deep Ellum Search Company mitigates the risk of needless expenditures, while the fixed fee options allow for customized breadth and depth of search, without unexpected costs or estimate overruns.
The decision to engage in a contingency search can be a no-brainer.
Here’s how it works.
You send us the case style or target patent and a list of known prior art. We agree upon the details and pricing for the engagement.
We discuss the current status of your invalidity case, including the focus and results of previous searching, with the goal of defining a wish list. Dream big. If it’s out there, we can find it.
Deep Ellum goes to work, to unearth and cull new references. Generally, our intensive search and refinement period will last from 2–5 weeks.
We provide you with a report detailing the relevant disclosures in newly-discovered references.
You determine which references will serve your case, and add them to your invalidity contentions or inter partes review request.
Send us your contentions as served and we issue an invoice for our services on a per-reference basis, for only the newly-discovered references included.
We offer four tiers of coverage and four tiers of depth for fixed fee searches.
U.S. Patents & Applications
Worldwide Patents and Applications (WIPO, EPO)
Non-Patent Literature (all IPR-eligible art)
Prior Use Systems & Commercial Embodiments
Complete invalidity and prior art search report
Raw search, plus
Discussion of initial results and follow-up searching
Refined search, plus
Discussion of results and another round of searching
Detailed search, plus
Contentions charting and expert witness search
In addition to prior art searching, we also provide assistance with drafting invalidity contentions and inter partes review requests, as well as a wide variety of other search- and litigation-related services. Don’t hesitate to ask for exactly what you need.
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Lauren Murphy Pringle is the founder of Deep Ellum Search Company. Before becoming a lawyer, Lauren studied linguistics and foreign languages in undergraduate studies at Boston College, and went on to graduate studies in the philosophy of language at Pennsylvania State University.
After graduating cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and clerking at Skadden Arps, Lauren became a patent litigator at Fish & Richardson, where she learned the true value of finding killer prior art. Lauren’s prior art research helped invalidate all asserted claims in an Eastern District of Texas trial; convinced a plaintiff to walk away from litigation against two major Fortune 500 clients without compensation; and helped many other defendants measurably improve their litigation and settlement positions.
Lauren has particular skill at finding prior art that will appeal to judge, examiner, and lay jury alike. That said, Lauren and her staff don’t work alone. The search process involves collaboration with experts, industry professionals and developers of prior art systems.