Research & intelligence

Some of the most prevalent copyright questions we get are about global protection: Is a US copyright valid in other countries? What is international copyright law? Does US copyright law apply in the UK? (or any other countries) Copyright laws protect creators of intellectual property from unauthorized use and theft of their work, and notice the use of the plural “laws” because as clearly...

Our friends at 3 Geeks and a Law Blog interview Emily Feltren, AALL Director of Government Relations, for episode 14 of their podcast. AALL submitted an amici curiae brief in the recent PACER class action to point out how PACER fees harm access and legal research instruction, among other things. If you don’t have the time or inclination to listen...

Many law firms and financial services professionals rely on Thomson Reuters financial products for corporate & financial research. The Thomson ONE financial database, in particular, is a favored platform among research experts. Thomson is promoting its next-generation financial research product, Eikon, as a successor to Thomson ONE. Eikon carries many of the same features as Thomson ONE, but according to Thomson...

Competitive intelligence (CI) can be especially valuable to private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) firms, which often operate somewhat in-the-dark within their industry segments. Holdings in newly-forming or niche industries have few public companies or established business models to provide adequate references for benchmarking and other meaningful insights....

We’ve been monitoring PACER news and the latest is a big announcement from the folks at the Free Law Project via our colleague Sabrina Pacifici. The public can now set-up a limited number of PACER alerts for free at CourtListener.com. That's right, I said free, which is indeed an interesting development and a major advance in the push for public...

…they're at a fork in the road. That's the conclusion of a significant report on artificial intelligence from ALM Intelligence, Law Firms Need Artificial Intelligence to Stay in the Game. This one is not free, but it is a game-changer and at $299, well worth the price. An excerpt is available to law.com subscribers (or you can sign-up for limited...

Dr. James A. Duke, a world-renowned botanist for the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), passed away in December 2017 at the age of 88. He was a pioneer in the study of alternative crops and the chemical makeup of plants for medicinal and pharmaceutical purposes. Preserving archival data and research such as Dr. Duke's is important not only as an...

From prospecting to proposal-writing, salespeople have a need for background information. That's especially true in high-value, high-stakes scenarios that involve products and services with hefty price tags and complex decision cycles. And nothing has enabled the search for background information like the internet, which has turned every sales rep I know into a research analyst. Sometimes it's efficient and cost-effective...

Since I was old enough to read, I have been somewhat infatuated with Roman history and mythology. One of my favorite figures from this ancient pantheon is Janus, the two-faced god of beginnings and endings. He was depicted always looking forward and backward. In addition to the past and the future, he was believed to be the deity of duality. In...

As someone who has attended and spoken at many SLA conferences (Special Libraries Association) over the years, I have some history and background to draw from. Annual meetings of this size and scope involve a lot of details, and I congratulate all involved at SLA for the hours of planning and preparation they devoted, resulting in another successful show....