Véron & Associés, a French patent litigation firm, maintains a database of French patent court opinions translated into English. The judgments are from Parisian district courts, court of appeals, and the Cour de Cassation. Years of coverage are 2001 through 2012. The quality of the translations is excellent, preserving the substance of the legal holdings without sacrificing readability. They also provide copies of the original French language opinions.
“WIPO Lex is a one-stop search facility for national laws and treaties on intellectual property (IP) of WIPO, WTO and UN Members. It also features related information which elaborates, analyzes and interprets these laws and treaties. It provides streamlined access to reference material of key importance for optimal information on the global IP System.”
Denis Borges Barbosa maintains a Web site devoted to intellectual property in Brazil. The site contains legislation, reports, PowerPoint presentations, digital books, bibliographies, and links. Most of the material is in Portuguese, but some English content is also available. Mr. Barbosa is an attorney in Rio de Janeiro who also teaches at various Brazilian universities. His site is a valuable introduction to IP law in Brazil. Obrigado Senhor Borges Barbosa.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has launched a two-year law school clinical certification program that will give students from six selected U.S. law schools experience in practicing intellectual property law before the agency.
The six schools selected to participate in the pilot program that will begin this fall are American University, William Mitchell College of Law, Washington College of Law, University of Connecticut School of Law, the John Marshall Law School, the University of Maine School of Law and Vanderbilt Law School, the office said in a press release. Law school clinical faculty will serve as supervisors.
“We look forward to providing a real-world experience for the students so they will be well prepared to tackle the complexities of intellectual property law that are so important in today’s economy,” said Jon Dudas, the U.S. Commerce Department under secretary for intellectual property.
New York Law School and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will extend and expand a year-long pilot project designed to streamline the patent examination process by opening it to scientific and technical experts. The law school also announced the launch of its new Center for Patent Innovations, headed by Mark Webbink, formerly the senior vice president and general counsel at Red Hat, the premier Linux and open source vendor.