The Private Law Libraries Group of LLSDC met on Wednesday November 6th for a presentation by Emily Florio from Finnegan Henderson and Scott Bailey from Squire Sanders on Intellectual Property Basics: Resources to Support an IP Practice.  Emily and Scott provided a recap of their AALL Annual Meeting program and lead a lively discussion with attendees.  They provided a handout (available here) that outlined a multitude of resources, including patent research databases, patent litigation research databases, litigation monitoring resources, current awareness tools and much more.  For many of the databases, Emily and Scott provided the pros and cons (from a librarian’s perspective) and discussed their experiences with each resource.

A majority of the presentation focused on the patent research tools used by many IP librarian researchers, such as Delphion, Lexis TotalPatent, Questel-Orbit and Thomson Innovation.  There was a lot of discussion between the presenters and the attendees regarding tips and tricks for patent research, including everyone’s favorite, knowing the dynasties and emperors of Japan to determine JP patent information.  It was also noted that the PTAB (the new and improved BPAI) now has their proceedings online.  

The handout from the presentation is available here and a recording of the original AALL presentation is available on AALL2go.