Monday, 15 December 2008

US patent litigation clearing house launched

According to a press release reported in MarketWatch, The Law, Science & Technology Program at Stanford Law School has launched the Stanford Intellectual Property Litigation Clearinghouse (IPLC), a first-of-its-kind online database that offers comprehensive information about intellectual property disputes in the US. A publicly available online research tool, the IPLC will enable scholars, policymakers, lawyers, judges, and journalists review real-time data about IP legal disputes filed across the US, with the aim of providing a tool for analysis of the efficacy of the system that regulates patents, copyrights, trade marks, antitrust, and trade secrets.

The IPLC database includes real-time data summaries, industry indices, and trend analysis together with a full-text search engine, providing detailed and timely information that cannot be found elsewhere in the public domain. The Patent Litigation Module, includes more than 23,000 cases filed in US district courts since 2000--raw data for every district court patent case and all results (outcomes and opinions).

The IPLC website can be found here.

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