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Almost 200 students attend patent searching classes this Fall

It was a banner Fall for the Patent Certificate Program. Close to 200 students attended training sessions offerend by Professor Cavicchi, Lexis, Westlaw and Thomson Innovation. Several students have earned the certificate. The series will continue in the Spring.

Museum Law Tools & Strategies: Capacitizing Yourself as a Professional

Professor Peter McGovern's Museum Law class will premier Professor Cavicchi's research pathfinder, Museum Law Tools & Strategies: Capacitizing Yourself as a Professional in class this Wednesday. The presentation covers all aspects of law and fact research including Web 2.0 and social media tools.

INPADOC: Casting the widest possible net for patent info

From our friends at Westlaw Edge:

"Is anything similar out there?" It's one of the first questions you ask in patent research.

To answer this question, you would likely start by performing a wide-reaching search in the largest bibliographic patent collection available—namely, INPADOC—long before you begin your detailed analysis. Maintained by the European Patent Office (EPO), INPADOC is the largest single collection of patent bibliographic data. It contains

How Google is getting more like Lexis and Westlaw

In Legal Research & Information Literacy we covered how natural language and one search solutions were like Google searching. I then said - is there a way to construct searches using Google similar to terms and connectors? I thought the answer was basically no. Ace 1L Jesscia found advanced query construction tools on Google. So, Lexis and Westlaw see the strength of one search and Google sees the strength of constructing queries.