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.