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BNA Updates PT&C Guide

The April 2000 Supplement to Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Regulations includes all regulatory developments that occurred between October 1, 1999 and March 31, 2000.

The looseleaf reference is published by BNA Books and was edited by James D. Crowne, managing editor of BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal.

The supplement updates the main volume's sections on patent applications, trademark applications, and Copyright Office rules, and includes an updated index to patent regulations.

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Patent Family File

West Group has announced that its Westlaw service now features two new databases of U.S. and international patent information

The Derwent International Patent Family File searches through 10 million patent family documents, dating back to 1963, and covering 40 patent issuing authorities.

The U. S. Patents Full Text Database contains the text of more than two million patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office since 1976.

The database features utility, design, plant, reissue, statutory invention registrations, and defensive publications.

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Trademark Guardian and have joined forces to announce the launch of Trademark Guardian, a new monitoring service designed to help companies protect their brands nationwide.

The service provides monthly alerts of potentially conflicting trademark and domain name activity from relevant sources world-wide, they note.

Each report includes information on potentially conflicting activity, such as pending trademark applications from the U.S. and Canada, and new domain name registrations in both the general top-level domain extensions (.com, .net. and .org) but in various country code extensions.

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Economic Theory

Edgar Elgar Publishing Inc., of Northampton, Mass., has announced these pending titles:

* Copyright and Economic Theory: Friends or Foes? is written by Richard Watt, of Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain. The book includes discussion of copyright piracy, royalty contracts, unresolved issues, and more.

The book is due out in September, in hardback edition.

* Copyright and Culture in the Information Age: An Economic Analysis, by Ruth Towse, of Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, is scheduled for December release.

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Court Opinions Inc. has released the LOIS Federal District Court Opinions and the LOIS Bankruptcy Court Collection.

They are compilations of selected U.S. District Court and U.S. Bankruptcy court opinions and reference materials. Both are available on the Internet and provide access to selected opinions of certain trial-level judges.

The LOIS Federal District Court Opinions offers federal district court cases that have been cited over the years by the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the U.S. Supreme Court, any of the appellate courts in the 50 states, or otherwise cited for precedent value.

The bankruptcy collection offers selectively compiled U.S. Bankruptcy Court opinions dating back to 1979 that have been cited by the U.S. Courts of Appeal, the U.S. Supreme Court, any of the appellate courts in the 50 states, or otherwise cited for precedent value.

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Study Aids

West Group has acquired the High Case Summaries Series from High Court Publishing in Encino, Calif. The series, edited by Dana L. Blatt, has been re-titled West Group High Court Case Summaries.

The series targets law students, providing summaries and analysis of case found in leading casebooks. West will initially produce five titles: Civil Procedure, Contracts, Evidence, Property and Torts.

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Tax Analysts

Tax Analysts Inc. has re-launched its Web site, The site has been redesigned and now offers free services and information, and is available in two versions. One features navigation links, the other is a graphics-light version for visitors with slower computers.

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Digital Signatures

The Information Systems Audit and Control Foundation has published Digital Signatures Security & Controls, by Fred Piper, of the University of London, U.K.; Simon Blake-Wilson, Certicom, Canada; and John Mitchell, LHS Business Control, U.K.

The book addresses the audit, control, technology and legal aspects of digital signatures. It also discusses the technologies acceptable for digital signatures, and how authentication issues differ from message integrity and non-repudiation issues, both legally and technically.

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Insurance Securities

The Insurance Securities Reporter, published by CCH Inc., reports on the laws and regulations of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. It is available in three loose-leaf volumes, on the Internet, or on a single CD-ROM, and is updated monthly.

Each state division includes a section on insurance securities laws, insurance securities regulations, legal investment laws, and legal investment regulations, the company advises.

A court decisions division covers current court decisions, interpretations, rulings, and editorial summaries.

A personnel list is also available, which includes the title and addresses of personnel in all state insurance admin- istrative agencies.

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Online Courses

Legal Research Center Inc. has announced that it has formed an alliance with Integrity Interactive Corp.

LRC will provide legal research content for online courses, and will assist in the marketing and selling of Integrity products.

IIC uses Internet learning technology to instruct corporate employees on how to comply with various regulatory and other legal requirements, such as antitrust, electronic communications, sexual harassment, bribery, among others.

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