Paralegal Knowledge Institute Makes Its Debut

Attention experienced paralegals! There's a new outfit in town, the Paralegal Knowledge Institute (www.paralegalknowledge.com) that launches this week. Designed specifically for the paralegal assignment, the Institute is offering gold-standard courses, webinars and publications. The purpose of the Institute is to bring to the paralegal community a new concept: an organization dedicated strictly to the career advancement of the experienced paralegal. The difference between the Institute and other training companies is that the Institute is strictly dedicated to paralegal continuing legal education while in other organizations, paralegal training is a division of a larger company, generally dedicated to attorney training. "We... Read more →

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Paralegal's Commentary on Court's Patent Ruling

Yeah, this news is about an important ruling by the Supremes, but it's also very nice to see an experienced paralegal being quoted: "When the Supreme Court of the United States ruled for KSR in the case of KSR Int'l Co. v. Teleflex Inc. [link added], it also served notice to the software industry that major changes may be afoot in both the granting and protecting of existing software patents. "For several years now, software patents have frequently been seen by many as stifling innovation, granting intellectual property claims for ideas that had been around for decades and awarding the... Read more →

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"Patently Obvious?"

Another excellent post to Legal Blog Watch by lawyer & blogger Robert J. Ambrogi [links listed below from original post]: "Tons of reaction among bloggers to yesterday's Supreme Court ruling in KSR v. Teleflex. Rather than attempt to summarize it all, I offer these samples. More on the impact of KSR. KSR v. Teleflex: The Supreme Court's Big Patent Ruling. Is there Sarbanes-Oxley Fallout from KSR v. Teleflex? Supreme Court to Patent Appeals Court: Drop Dead. Supreme Court Adopts New Standard on Patent Litigation." You can find more links to articles about this bombshell opinion in the complete post. Happy... Read more →

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"Google launches search engine for US patents"

This news from Google sure sounds smart to me. But will patent paralegals be impressed? "Google was live [12/14/2006] with a service enabling Internet users to search through the more than seven million patents granted in the United States. "The beta, or test, version of Google Patent Search lets people sift through patents granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office as long ago as 1790 by using inventors' names, filing dates, patent numbers or key words. "Searches return information about the inventor and provide patent details online page-by-page." I've never worked in this field, but was completely fascinated by... Read more →

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TIME: Best Inventions 2006

Not really paralegal related, unless an article about the year's best inventions counts as learning about IP! (Well, there is that "Paralegal Hidden Camera" video...) "Meet Peter. Peter is a 79-year-old English retiree. Back in WW II he served as a radar technician. He is now an international star. "One year ago, this would not have been possible, but the world has changed. In the past 12 months, thousands of ordinary people have become famous. Famous people have been embarrassed. Huge sums of money have changed hands. Lots and lots of Mentos have been dropped into Diet Coke. The rules... Read more →

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"Taking passwords to the grave"

So, yet another unexpected impact of the Internet! "William Talcott, a prominent San Francisco poet with dual Irish citizenship, had fans all over the world. But when he died in June of bone marrow cancer, his daughter couldn't notify most of his contacts because his e-mail account--and the online address book he used--was locked up. "Talcott, 69 [link in article], a friend of beatnik Neal Cassady, apparently took his password to the grave. "It's a vexing, and increasingly common problem for families mourning the loss of loved ones. As more and more people move their lives, address books, calendars, financial... Read more →

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"Yours, Mine and Ours: What You Need to Know About IP"

Sounds like a very informative (& fun!) roundtable discussion: "This summer, an employee of the Coca-Cola Co. made news when she -- along with two others -- allegedly attempted to steal trade secrets from Coke and sell them to PepsiCo Inc. It's not every day that a company goes public when someone tries to loot its intellectual property, but Coke's decision to do so garnered national attention and illustrates the deservedly high value companies place on their intellectual assets. "When it comes to safeguarding your company's intellectual property, what you don't know can hurt you. To ease that (potential) pain,... Read more →

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"A bunch of paralegals" helps Warner

The ITV Interview with Eric Frankel [PDF link], President of Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution: [snip] Frankel: "Yes. First, you need to look at all your rights, program-by-program and episode-by-episode, to see if you have the rights to put it on the Internet. [snip] "A couple of years ago, I said, 'Gee. One of these days, Internet TV is going to happen, and we should try to be the first guys in--or at least one of the first--so that we can control our own destiny by building our own retail store where we can directly sell to consumers, without Wal-Mart... Read more →

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"Building a First in IP Fact-Finding"

Database for IP litigation sounds like a smart plan: "When Joshua Walker worked with a team of lawyers in Kigali, Rwanda, to mount a case against the perpetrators of that country's genocide, he built a database of trial evidence under wartime conditions. Targets of his investigation put a $1,000 bounty on him. "Ten years later, the 32-year-old has war zones -- and law school -- behind him, and he's building another ambitious legal database, intended to track all IP litigation in the United States. But this time, he's doing it in Palo Alto, Calif. [snip] "Stanford hopes to build the... Read more →

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Top IP Attorney in US credits colleagues including paralegals

Let's hear it for teamwork! "Topping off another year of exceptional results on the intellectual property front, Irell & Manella LLP's Morgan Chu has been named the Number 1 Intellectual Property lawyer in the U.S. by Chambers & Partners. "Mr. Chu was among only 19 American lawyers singled out by Chambers as being the top practitioners in their respective fields. Long recognized by Chambers in its U.S. and Global directories of leading business lawyers, Mr. Chu was one of only six IP litigators nationally to be considered for Chambers' new Award for Excellence designating the No. 1 spot in the... Read more →

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