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June 2002
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West Debuts Online Medical Services

West Group has launched WestlawPRO Attorneys Medical Advantage Library, which the Eagan, Minn.-based company says is designed to assist personal injury attorneys.

The site offers medication information and illustrations previously offered only in print and via CD-ROM.

The online version now features more than 600 full-color anatomic illustrations that can be customized to fit each client's circumstances. The illustrations are available in high-resolution jpeg image format.

The Medical-Legal Information Texts and Periodicals database helps researchers find information quickly and easily, says West. Content includes Physicians' Desk Reference, MEDLINE and SciSearch, and more, it says.

Reader Response no. 200.


Newsline Additions

LexisNexis, of Dayton, Ohio, has added a new Ethnic Newsline and Regional Newsline to its LexisNexis Academic Universe and LexisNexis services at

The collection includes the American Indian Report, Black Scholar, Chicago Jewish News, Middle East Report, and other publications. The regional information includes news, stories and events from local and regional publications, including the Bennington Banner (Vt.), Las Cruces Sun (N.M.) and others.

Reader Response no. 201.

Super Searchers

Information Today Inc. has published Super Searchers Make It On Their Own: Top Independent Information Professionals Share Thier Secrets for Starting and Running a Research Business, by Suzanne Saborski.

The author interviewd 11 research entrepreneurs and discusses strategies, finding clients, networking with peers, staying current, and other issues.

Reader Response no. 202.



The Marker-Hoff Group, based in Houston, has launched MHWeb, a Web-based litigation support service for law firms, insurance companies and corporations. The site provides up-to-the minute case information, and improves billing.

The company reports that it is developing a digital conversion process for first-generation records collection, that will eliminate the need to manually Bates-number documents, copy them, and scan them, and will allow users to transmit image files electronically.

Reader Response no. 203.


BNA Update

BNA Books, based in Washington, D.C., has published the 2002 edition of its Patent, Trademark and Copyright Laws book, edited by Jeffrey Samuels.

The new edition offers updates on the Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Coordination Council; Anti-cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act; new fees; text of Patent and Trademark Office and Copyright Office appropriations; and changes in the WIPO Copyright treaty.

Reader Response no. 204.

Kroll Survey

Intellectual property abuse is expected to rise over the next five years, yet corporations remain lax in security precautions and are stymied in attempts to seek redress, says risk consulting company Kroll Inc., reporting on its recent Kroll Global Survey on Corporate Response to IP Abuse.

In August 2001, the New York company polled 2,000 senior executives worldwide. They received 148 responses from 49 countries.

Among results, they found that 46 percent of registered mark holders detected at least one case of unauthorized use (and 9 percent reported more than 50 instances) within the year prior to the survey.

Only 17 percent of responding companies have conducted formal IP vulnerability reviews, they said.

Reader Response no. 205.



Lodi, Calif.'s Spicer-Baer Associates Inc. has upgraded its spreadsheet program for distributed processing using Microsoft Corp.'s Excel.

PerpetualWorkbook 1.80 supports general spreadsheet applications that require collaboration, and allow Excel users to create, distribute, administer or use workbooks that can be updated by a collaborating group.

Reader Response no. 206.


New York Resources

The New York State Defenders Association has published The Insider's Guide: Criminal Justice Resources on the Internet 2002. It includes a CD-ROM, and features an annotated, optically organized list of criminal justice Web resources, a list of criminal justice publications, and a glossary of Internet terms.

Reader Response no. 293.


N.Y. Court Roster

San Francisco-based has re-launched its archive of 200 plus profiles of judges sitting on the New York state courts, available to subscribers.

The redesigned "Judges' Profile" page includes listings of judges from the New York Court of Appeals, Appellate Divisions, Supreme Courts, Surrogate Courts, Housing Courts and City Courts. is a division of American Lawyer Media.

Reader Response no. 294.


Swets Accord

Swets Blackwell, of Exon, Pa., and Serials Solutions, L.L.C., of Seattle, are collaborating to simplify management of libraries with electronic journal collections.

The two companies will coordinate data and transfer information on behalf of libraries that subscribe to both services.

Reader Response no. 292.


Domain Name Disputes

Aspen Law & Business, of New York, N.Y., released Domain Name Disputes, a treatise prepared by Robert Badgley.

It explains how legal disputes involving Internet domain names are resolved, whether by U.S. courts or by the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) cyber-arbitration system. It covers issues arising from domain name disputes including jurisdiction, remedies, defenses, or other issues, the company reports. The guide also includes traditional federal trademark laws, property law, federal anti-cybersquatting laws, the constitutional right of free speech, and more.

Reader Response no. 295.

NameProtect Inc.

NameProtect Inc., of Madison, Wis., a digital brand asset management company, has launched Trademark Industry Report, as well as a new Web-based trademark and Internet common law monitoring program.

The report is designed to provide trademark and intellectual property professionals with the data used to gauge activity in the industry.

Reader Response no. 296.


Smart Technologies Inc., of Calgary, has debuted its Smart Camfire Whiteboard camera system, which is permanently mounted above a regular dry-erase whiteboard. It helps users capture high-resolution images of whiteboard notes, which can be saved, printed or posted to a Web site for future reference.

Reader Response no. 266.

Olympus America Inc., of Melville, N.Y., has introduced:

* The Camedia D-550 Zoom, a point and shoot camera with a high resolution three mega-pixel CCD.

* The Camedia C-720 Ultra Zoom features a 8x optical ultra-zoom lens (24x zoom), weighs 11 ounces and measures 3.1 inches x 4.2 inches.

Reader Response no. 257.

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