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Accutrac Debuts New IP Module

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Sometimes it is better to bypass (temporarily) a tech problem rather than fix it. Fixing a problem (analyzing the situation and correcting the error) requires time, which you may not have when your user needs something now.

The user (court, judge, client, lawyer) does not want to hear how a document was delayed because of a network error or a printer malfunction. They just want their document.

Find an alternative, and then when you have time, go back and tinker with the problem.

-- DEREK J. WYSZYNSKI

Accutrac Software, Inc. had released its Intellectual Property Module for its Accutrac records management system.

The new module helps lawyers manage and track patent, trademark, and copyright files, and includes a searchable, cross-referenced database linked to validation tables.

The system was developed in conjunction with the company's IP clients, and with the specifications of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, reports Los Angeles-based Accutrac.

Database fields include, number, registration number, country, class, series, inventor, and related dates. The program includes the capability to create and print IP barcode labels, to assist in tracking and easy check-in, check-out.

Information: Reader Response no. 292.

COPYRIGHT

My Two CENTS

Lexis-Nexis has announced the debut of My Two CENTS, a monthly column by attorney David Nimmer that provides analysis of current copyright protection issues. The column will add expert commentary to Mealey Publications' Nimmer Report on Copyright, a monthly publication that provides comprehensive copyright case coverage. Nimmer is the author of Nimmer on Copyright, a treatise on U.S. copyright law. He is of counsel to Los Angeles' Irell & Manella.

Information: Reader Response no. 293.

PATENTS

Derwent Index

Delphion Inc. has announced the release of the Derwent World Patents Index, a database of value-added patent abstracts, on the Delphion Intellectual Property Network. The patent abstracts, now within the Derwent WPI, are directly linked to their corresponding original patents in the Delphion IPN.

Information: Reader Response no. 294.

CYBERSPACE

Domain Names

Neotrope Mprotect, from Neotrope Software, authorizes domain names that have permission to load graphical image files, and create aliases of their actual location.

When loaded onto the authorized site, only the alias location is loaded into the HTML, precluding linking to the content from unauthorized locations. Even if the alias URL is loaded into a browser window, the result is an error message that notifies visitors of the content's copyright.

Information: Reader Response no. 295.

DATABASES

CAS Collection

Chemical Abstracts Service is now making its entire Chemical Abstracts collection, which dates back to 1907, available on all CAS electronic products.

Information: Reader Response no. 296.

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