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GSI Launches 'No-Action' Site

Global Securities Information Inc. has released its GSI No-Action Letter database, available in LIVEDGAR.

It allows full-text searching of all "no-action" letters and is updated with new letters the same day they are released by the Securities and Exchange Commission, reports GSI. Users can search by filer name; significance; the public availability date as assigned by the SEC; and the applicable act, section and rule of each letter.

Users also can establish "watch" profiles in order to receive e-mail notifications, with hypertext links to the letters, when the letters are issued by the SEC.

The database begins in 1971, the company advises.

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West Guidebooks

West Legal Studies has published two new books by California attorney Richard Stim, who also is an adjunct professor at San Francisco State University.

Trademark Law discusses questions related to ownership, use and transfer of trademark and trade dress rights, with state-by-state references. The book includes forms, regulations and detailed instructions on registering, assigning and acquiring trademark rights, says West.

Copyright Law covers sources; what is protectible; derivatives and compilations; rights; transfers; ownership, and more.

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Derwent, West

Derwent Information Ltd. and West Group have announced the release of Patent Status File and LitAlert databases on Westlaw. The patent site integrates U.S. Patent information with Westlaw content; the litigation site offers documents indexed by title, defendant, plaintiff, and court and case name. LitAlert is updated weekly, and includes records for patent and trademark suits in 94 U.S. District Courts.

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Search System

CorporateIntelligence has introduced trademark, a trademark search system that includes federal, state and common law searching, it says.

Powered by MicroPatent, the site includes all pending U.S. federal trademark applications, and all active registrations since 1884. It also includes 15 years of inactive records. It is updated three times weekly, and includes access to the federal USPTO 24-hour box application information.

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Dialog Corporation

Dialog Corp. says it has enhanced its WIPO Patent Cooperation Treaty Database. The database, provided by Micropatent L.L.C., offers access to full text of international patent applications within 10-14 days of publication, and dates back to 1983. Later this year, it will add detailed bibliographic information of the Patent Cooperation Treaty Gazette, as well as patents back to 1978, and images.

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Who's Suing Whom

InterLingua Inc. says it has expanded its services beyond its Who's Suing Whom database (a free, searchable database of federal district court cases in patent and trademark.)

The company now offers Docket Report Searches, a service to search all cases filed in participating federal district courts over the past 10 years. Searches can be ordered by client name, case name or case type.

The company's Court Document Retrieval service will gather documents relating to cases. The company also has expanded its translation services, it reports.

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Pharm In-Use

Thomson & Thomson has launched Pharma In-Use, a Web-based research service designed to aid intellectual property and branding professionals operating in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and health care industries.

The trademark screening database is incorporated into the Saegis research service, says T&T. Establishing brand names for pharmaceutical products in the U.S. is a complex process that involves approvals both from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, says T&T.

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Introductory Concepts

Information Today Inc. has published Introductory Concepts in Information Science, by Melanie Norton, the latest in its American Society for Information Science monograph series.

The book covers communications and cognition; information retrieval; bibliometrics; modeling; economics; information policies; and the impact of technology on modern management; says ITI.

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Training Course

Corpedia L.L.C., which offers Web-based, interactive training, has announced that it has entered into a partnership with Peter F. Drucker, to produce 15 "Certified Drucker Management Courses." The first five, "Managing Oneself and Others," are now available on the company's Web site.

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Regulatory Agencies

The University of Toledo's College of Law has launched a new Web Site listing U.S. and international financial regulatory agencies.

It offers information on securities, futures, banking and insurance regulators in all states and more than 150 countries, says the school. It was developed by professor Howard Friedman.

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XBRL Project

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants is a sponsor of the international XBRL Project Committee, working to develop and launch XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language). XBRL for Financial Statements is a free, XML-based specification that uses accepted financial reporting standards and practices to exchange financial statements across software and technologies, including the Internet.

Among the participants: Arthur Andersen L.L.P.; Best Software; Deloitte & Touche L.L.P.; Ernst & Young L.L.P.; KPMB L.L.P.; Microsoft Corp.; Morgan Stanley Dean Witter; Oracle Corp.; Reuters Group L.P.; and Sage Software.

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TradeTrakker, from Rose City Software, is a financial portfolio management software application designed to keep track of investments. The program can monitor multiple portfolios and watch lists with up to 40 different parameters, including buy and sell, gains and losses, stock splits and dividends, and total portfolio value, reports the company.

The program's interface also provides direct links to stock news, and charts and personal online trading accounts.

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Phoenix-based Corpedia L.L.C. has released a new training course, Illegal Employment Discrimination: Recognizing and Preventing. Targeted at managers, it covers Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The interactive, multimedia course discusses the types of discrimination that can occur in the workplace, and the steps managers should take to both recognize and prevent these incidents.

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E-Commerce Alert

CCH Inc. has launched E-Commerce Tax Alert, a monthly Web-based Internet magazine available via the CCH Internet Tax Research NetWork.

The Alert discusses the Tax Freedom Act and other e-commerce tax issues.

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Tax Notes

Tax Analysts Inc. says that its Tax Notes publication is now available on the Internet. It covers federal tax news; analysis of legislative proposals; court decisions; regulatory pronouncements; trends in the administration of tax law; and more.

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Seattle-based companies Netwills and Webforia have teamed up to offer Web sites that bring virtual law offices to attorneys, and estate planning legal services to consumers, the two companies say.

Supported by the Webforia Internet platform, Netwills allows attorneys and their clients (and prospective clients) to communicate and share information.

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Essential Forms

The American Bar Association's Law Practice Management section has published The Essential Formbook: Comprehensive Management Tools for Lawyers, by Gary A. Munneke (a member of the LTN Editorial Advisory Board) and Anthony E. Davis.

It includes a diskette of all forms, and covers a range of topics, including partnership and organizational agreements; dissolution agreements; client intake and fee agreements; engagement letters; non-engagement letters,and more.

Munneke is a law professor at Pace University and the immediate past chair of the ABA/LPM section. Davis is a partner at Moye, Giles, O'Keefe, Vermeire & Gorrell L.L.P., and teaches at Brooklyn Law School.

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