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.