IBM Launches WebConnections
CourtLink/JusticeLink has announced an agreement with IBM to provide services for customers of IBM WebConnections for Lawyers, a new subscription service that provides Web access to small- and mid-size law firms.
Subscribers receive shared Internet access and business-class e-mail for up to 100 employees, secure remote access, firewall security, Web site blocking and more. Other features such as Web hosting and design are also available.
CourtLink/JusticeLink will connect users with federal, state and local courts, the companies explain, to file documents and to access court record information.
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Manning & Napier Information Services of Rochester, N.Y., and Venture Info Capital Inc., of Burlington, Vt. have formed IP.com Inc.
The company's Web site, www.ip.com, will offer "defensive standard" publication services and patent analysis services, as well as low-cost publication of "prior art" to build and protect the value of intellectual property portfolios, says M&N.
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NowDocs.com has introduced same-day digital printing and delivery services to Europe, with two hour delivery to London, and next day delivery to major business markets throughout Western Europe. The company also offers same day service to 14 major business markets in the U.S. and Canada.
The service also offers online address books that can be shared or kept private; and the ability to upload addresses from Act, Outlook and Palm.
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Sage Software Inc. has added new Internet features to its Sage BusinessWorks Gold small business accounting software. Sage SiteCreator is a Web site authoring software that allows customers to build their own Web sites. Sage WebTrader is an e-commerce engine that manages all aspects of the online ordering process.
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Law Marketing Portal
The Law Marketing Portal offers an e-mail discussion list for marketing partners, in-house law firm marketing directors and independent marketing consultants. It also lists marketing events, and news reports, as wells as offer services to help law firms find consultants who can help them with their marketing strategy.
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MerrillDirect.com is an Internet-based service for the development and preparation of financial documents by corporations, law firms, investment banks and accounting firms. Online users can choose from secure, self-serve modules for EDGAR conversion and filing, word processing and document management resources.
Users can submit SEC-regulated documents directly from their word processing format to MerrillDirect for EDGAR conversion. The file is automatically converted to the preferred EDGAR format.
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Guru.com targets freelance professionals (marketers, lawyers, artists, designers, engineers, etc.), offering a free job-matching service where users can browse through a contract job directory. The site also offers products and services including health insurance opportunities, career advice and more.
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Privacy Council Inc. has introduced German and Spanish versions of its Web site, www.privacycouncil.com, an online resource for business and consumers dealing with global privacy issues. All of the site's main pages and navigation tools have been translated. The site offers a library on privacy on the Internet; a Business Privacy Pulse section that allows companies to compare their privacy practices with other businesses; and more. Japanese and French translations of the Web site will be available in the fall 2000.
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Lawline.com, which offers online law-related media programming, has added a new online audio program: Crimes on the Internet. The program will discuss such issues as expectation of privacy in the workplace, and the repercussions on the employer of employee misuse of e-mail privileges.
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Online Medical Records
Abacus Data Systems Inc. and Mediconnect.net Inc. have partnered to help AbacusLaw users move closer to "paperless office" operations. Designed for medical, police and other records, Mediconnect.net retrieves and scans records for users via the online order form. It then digitizes the records before sending them to the user's AbacusLaw's document management system, where it creates an archive to store and track the records. Paper copies can be printed from the "linked documents" tab, it says. The service can reduce wait time from typical four weeks-plus, to less than 10 days, says Abacus.
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