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JurisNotes.com: Intellectual Property Newsletters, Articles & Case Database

JurisNotes.com offers free two-month e-mail subscriptions to its newsletters concerning intellectual property: IP Notes (twice-weekly summaries of cases from both federal and state courts), IP Admin Notes (weekly administrative decision summaries), Patent Extra (weekly summaries of patent cases at the district court level), and IP News (weekly newsletter featuring the latest news in the world of IP). Plus, bonus e-mails are sent on days when IP-related cases are heard by the Supreme Court. The website also provides a searchable database of past newsletters and the full text of the cases summarized (from 2001 to the present). There are also articles on various IP issues and cases (via the “Articles” link in the left-hand margin) written by practicing attorneys and law school professors who submit their articles to JurisNotes.com.

JurisNotes.com is a great way for those interested in IP law to keep up to date on recent developments in the practice area via its electronic legal research newsletters. However, the website’s “search” capabilities and the available case law in its database are rather limited. For example, a search for the 2007 Supreme Court patent law case, “KSR International Co. v. Teleflex Inc.,” returned no results when thus entered into the search box. When I simplified my search to “KSR v. Teleflex,” “KSR,” or “Teleflex,” I obtained one result: a court of appeals case, In Re Stephen Comiskey, decided in 2007 – the same year that KSR International Co. v. Teleflex Inc. was decided – that merely mentions KSR v. Teleflex in a footnote. A similar search for Bilski v. Kappos (a 2010 Supreme Court patent law-related decision) generated no results. Further, although its “Resources” page lists the names of important statutes, regulations, treaties, and acts, it does not link the reader to any of these resources.

Thus, while JurisNotes.com is a good resource for keeping abreast of recent developments in IP law via its newsletters, researchers best rely on other resources to search for case law.

  1. February 15, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Not sure why your search for “Teleflex” or “Bilski” did not show the Supreme Court results. I just performed those searches and the Supreme Court cases were returned in the results. There is a box that the user must click for the search to return Supreme Court cases–that box is now checked by default and has been for about the last 2 or 3 months. In any event, we do not promote the searchable database as a way to conduct legal research. Before we had the database, we used to receive numerous emails and calls each month asking about some case that the user had read in one of our newsletters and wanting help in finding that case. As a result, we built the searchable database merely as a tool for users to easily locate cases that they have previously read about in our newsletters. Since the database only contains cases that we have summarized, any legal research using it would be incomplete, to say the least. I don’t know of any complete legal research database that costs only $25/year. If the database was intended to be a complete resource, we would be charging much more.

    • gip3
      February 16, 2011 at 10:21 pm

      Thank you very much for your comments. I think the problem with my search of “Teleflex” and “Bilski” was that I searched for them via the “Search” link (next to “Contact”) on the upper right-hand corner, and not through the “Search Notes & Cases” icon, which requires an e-mail and password. (I was awaiting approval of my JurisNotes.com free trial at the time I wrote my blog post, although I had previously used JurisNotes about a year ago.) I think JurisNotes.com, and its newsletters in particular, are great resources, as I described in my blog post. And, indeed, I understand that you would be charging a lot more if the database were intended to be a complete resource. However, I was analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the website for the purposes of my law school’s “Online Legal Research – Free Sources” class and, thus, focused on the aspects of the website that are, in fact, free. Thank you very much for taking the time to read my blog post, and for your work on JurisNotes.com!

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