Let’s Hear it for BNA Law Reports

[Originally Posted here on  by ]

An extra hour of sleep from the end of DST prompts a bounty of mirth…as do BNA Law Reports! We recently were asked for electronic copies of filings from an L.A. County Superior Court civil matter. Ah, the oft-elusive electronic state court records…Various e-access options exist for L.A. County civil court records. For instance, they can be searched electronically for a fee through the court’s website. Finding them on Westlaw or Lexis’ Courtlink can be hit-or-miss, though Bloomberg Law is a great resource because BLAW uploads and make available those filings previously requested by other interested customers. In this particular instance, while the memoranda of points of authorities from a motion to strike were already uploaded within the BLAW system, a quite recent court order was not. Before leaving the BLAW interface to search blogs and news more broadly, I quickly checked BNA Law Reports. Hooray! Though only a superior court case, it was newsworthy enough to have been covered by BNA’s Patent Trademark & Copyright Journal, which also provided a copy of the court’s order. We heart BNA Law Reports! (Now, if only the filing content from the BNA law reports could be linked directly to BLAW dockets!)

Cross-posted Legal Research Plus.

Google Scholar’s New “Scholar Metrics” for 2014

In June of this year Google Scholar blog noted the release of the 2014 version of Google’s Scholar Metrics — please see here.

Scholar Metrics is intended to provide a ready method for authors to measure “the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications.”

It is “based on citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar as of mid-June 2013 and covers articles published in 2009–2013.”

Lex Machina and Law Schools, Clerks and….

Lex Machina, an IP research tool that captures data by crawling PACER, the ITC’s EDIS, and the USPTO website everyday, provides free access to law students and qualifying public interest users (in the US) who study IP law.

The qualifying public interest group includes: Federal judges, their clerks and other staff; Members of Congress and their staff; University and college faculty, staff and students, directly engaged in research on, or study of, IP law and policy.

According to  Lex Machina:

A public interest user account may only be used for public interest purposes. That means no compensated or uncompensated use on behalf of a company, law firm, consultancy or other for-profit organization. For example, a law school professor who is also in private practice may only use his/her public interest account for academic purposes, not for any private practice purpose.

Judicial and Congressional users must have a “.gov” email account. Academics and students must have a “.edu” email account.

To enable public interest users to make best use of Lex Machina, we require prospective new users to attend an online training prior to receiving a user account.”

What a great opportunity for IP researchers in law schools.  Spread the word.