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September 2000
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CourtLink Name Chosen for Merger

The leadership of CourtLink and JusticeLink, which merged operations earlier this year, have picked a name for the newly combined company: CourtLink. The company will retain the "JusticeLink" moniker as a product name for its electronic filing system.

CourtLink also recently acquired MarketSpan, the developer of CaseStream, an online service that provides access to federal court records; and SCT's eFile Management (eFM) system.

Courtlink will market four key product lines: JusticeLink for electronic filing; CaseStream for Web-based access to court records; Classic for electronic real-time access to court records; and eFM middleware for connectivity to court case management systems.

Finally, CourtLink also announced that it has added U.S. federal bankruptcy data to its CaseStream e-access product. Users of CaseStream Alert can now be notified of new case filings in federal bankruptcy court, it adds.

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Departures

Michael Cowpland has resigned as president, CEO and chair of the board of Ottawa-based Corel Corp., manufacturer of WordPerfect software. Cowpland will continue as a director of the company, it reports. Derek Burney, formerly executive vice president, engineering, and chief technology office, has been appointed interim CEO and president. James Baillie, a lawyer with the Toronto law firm Torys, succeeds as chairman, and vice president

Cowpland, who will remain a director and technology adviser to the company, said his resignation had nothing to do with his forthcoming trial on insider trading charges, and denies those allegations, reports LTN's U.K. correspondent Charles Christian.Cowpland also denied -- as he announced his resignation at a news conference -- that Corel was up for sale.

Acquisitions

LEXIS, a unit of Reed Elsevier Inc., has announced the acquisition of Mealey Publications Inc.

Mealey publishes legal newsletters targeted at attorneys and other professionals in the areas of litigation and arbitration. Mealey also produces conferences on litigation topics such as toxic torts, environmental insurance, tobacco and asbestos. LEXIS currently has a licensing agreement with Mealey, but through the acquisition will now provide full text links on lexis.com.

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Journyx Inc. has announced the acquisition of Legiant, an Austin-based provider of professional services and time-and-attendance systems.

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Partnerships

Needles Software has partnered with Mediconnect.net Inc. to offer users online access to medical records The records are located, requested, retrieved and delivered by MediConnect.net online. The Needles Software programs track the requests and records, and can be used to electronically link the records to the appropriate case documents.

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San Francisco-based law.com has reached agreements with two new content partners, The Deal L.L.C. and Alert Publications Inc. Law.com users can access deal transaction news published by The Daily Deal and www.thedailydeal.com. This content will be added to law.com's general news and practice center sections.

In return, The Daily Deal and its Web site will have access to selected features published on law.com.

The Alert Publications partnership will provide material to the law legal librarians channel on law.com, offering contentfrom Alert Publications' Legal Information Alert, Business Alert, and Research Advisor

Law.com and The Deal L.L.C. are sister companies of American Lawyer Media Inc., publishers of Law Technology News.

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Communication Intelligence Corp. has signed a licensing agreement with RecordsCenter.com, a provider of online document exchange and management services for legal and corporate transactions.The agreement integrates RecordsCenter.com's Internet document management product, DoxNet, with CIC's SignIt software.

This, the companies say, will allow SignIt to provide legally binding e-signatures to DoxNet electronic documents creating a start-to-finish process for electronic contracts, deals and other corporate and legal transactions.

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Network Solutions Inc., a provider of Internet registration services, and Thomson & Thomson, have formed a joint marketing and distribution agreement to promote each other's products and services to the legal market, intellectual property professionals, and businesses that need to protect their trademarks and domain names. Users will be able to access domain registration and trademark research services from one place. Both companies will feature each other's services on their respective Web sites, which include www.idnames.com, www.saegis.com and www.thomson-thomson.com.

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Danka Business Systems P.L.C. has formed a relationship with three software suppliers to help law firms and companies manage documents and equipment resources.

Software from Network Printing Solutions, of London, monitors usage and costs by user, department or client. The software runs on Windows NT systems and monitors how much is being printed, and which printers are being used and makes adjustments to cut costs.

Simplify Development Corp. provides software that allows firms to scan and send paper documents and computer faxes through e-mail, Internet mail and network fax applications.

Danka has also collaborated with Electronics For Imaging Inc. on a workflow system for Danka customers who use a Heidelberg Digimaster 9110 printing system

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Law Bulletin Publishing Co. and Quicklaw Inc. have formed an alliance in order to offer case law, statutes, public record information, court information and topical information to Chicago area lawyers. The two companies will make the information available on www.lawbulletin.com, and www.quicklawamerica.com.

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StorageTek has signed an agreement with Overland Data Inc. to license Overland's patented Variable Rate Randomizer technology. The V2 technology will be integrated into future versions of StorageTek's 9840 tape drive technology.

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Solution 6 Holdings Ltd. has formed an alliance with PurchasingNet Inc., which will integrate Solutions 6's CMS OPEN practice management and time/billing system with PurchasingNet-SQL, a Web-based eProcurement system.

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Motion Media Technology, a provider of telephony products, and Nera Satellite Services, a supplier of mobile satellite equipment, have teamed together to provide a communication system for use in remote areas.

Nera's World Communicator is a portable, multimedia satellite terminal that provides access for data, voice and video communication, can connect to Motion Media's mm225 videophone.

The connection made between the two devices is made through the ISDN port. Using Microsoft NetMeeting, users can share data and transfer files during video calls.

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Patents

Finjan Software Inc. has been awarded a U.S. patent for the code inspection technology in its gateway security product, SurfinGate, the company has announced. SurfinGate scans incoming ActiveX, Java and JavaScript programs to protect PC users inside organizations.

The patent covers methods for receiving a downloadable program, scanning the code in real-time, applying a security policy to the downloaded program, and then blocking the program if a security policy has been violated.

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New Offices

Hildebrandt international has opened an office in the District of Columbia. Lisa Smith will serve as its resident managing director.

The office is located at 1025 Thomas Jefferson St., N.W. Suite 304 East, Washington, D.C. 20007. Telephone: (202) 471-4001; fax 471-4002.

Ericom Software Inc. has announced the opening of its U.K. office, in Droitwich, Worcestershire.

The office will serve the U.K. and Ireland, and will be lead by Ian Platt.

Ericom was founded in Israel and provides emulators and connectivity systems for access to host systems, networks and the Internet.

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Name Change

Interim Legal Services has changed its name to Spherion as part of a companywide re-branding strategy.

Spherion provides legal support services including legal staffing, court reporting, professional development and document management services.

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Awards & Accolades

The American Association of Law Libraries and LEXIS Publishing announced the winners of the LEXIS Publishing John R. Johnson Memorial Scholarships during the recent AALL annual meeting in Philadelphia.

Recipients, who received between $2,000 to $2,500, include: Scott DeLeve, University of Michigan; Kathryn Hensiak, Marquette University; Stephanie Hess, Golden Gate University; Shawn Kaderlik, Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly L.L.P.; Teresa Kent, Lewis Rice & Fingershp; Robert Mead, University of New Mexico; and Michael Meise, Roanoke City Library.

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