New Search Interface Brings Litigation Analytics to Your Fingertips


Docket Alarm is excited to announce the release of its new search interface.

By integrating useful tools like one-click analytics and automatic case citation directly into your list of search results, the new interface makes legal research easier than ever before. Streamlined and simplified, the new interface also provides attorneys with a more user-friendly experience and significantly faster loading times.

One-Click Analytics

One of the most innovative features of Docket Alarm is the ability to see analytics related to parties, judges, and law firms in PTAB cases.
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The Turning Tide Against Patent Owners

So called "patent trolls" have been all over the news, and with good reason— these entities pose significant risks to the hi-tech industry. But a new tribunal has been shown to be effective at thwarting patent trolls and other overly aggressive patent owners.

Patent trolls are companies that attempt to monetize patents through litigation, with no interest in commercializing a product or advancing the state-of-the-art. Litigation initiated by patent trolls is expensive; just the threat can force a settlement.

With the passage of the America Invents Act ("AIA"), a new tribunal called the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, or "PTAB", was created as an efficient and cost effective means of invalidating patents. + Continue Reading

Are You Following the FitBit v. Jawbone ITC Investigations?


San Francisco-based activity tracker startup, Fitbit, Inc., filed a complaint on November 2 with the ITC, requesting an investigation in the importation and sale of activity tracking devices by AliphCom, more commonly known as Jawbone, and BodyMedia, Inc. Fitbit alleges these devices, which included Jawbone’s “UP” product line and the “UP” App, infringe on claims in three of its patents.

The ITC is well known to be a fast-moving patent venue.While thedocket might indicate that not muchhas happened since the case was filed in November, in the next three months, an important substantive hearing (claim construction) will be in April 2016 and a final decision from the judge is due in less than a year.To receive the latest developments as FitBit’s ITC investigation unfolds, attorneys can setup tracking with Docket Alarm forthis docketto receive email alerts.
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Orange Book Litigators: Finally Research Tools Just for You

Docket Alarm is pleased to announce the first legal research platform to provide Orange Book litigators a suite of tools for their practice. The features include the ability to track changes to the Orange Book and related litigation, search correspondence between drug companies and the FDA, and analytics on Orange Book cases in the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).
What is the Orange Book?

The “Orange Book,” published since 1980, is the authoritative resource on FDA approved drugs for patent litigators.
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How Do You Research PTAB Decisions?

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board, or PTAB, has been steadily gaining momentum since its inception inSeptember 2012. Recognizing the need for lawyers to navigate the ever-growing list of decisions, Docket Alarm has created the first and only dedicated PTAB legal research engineand analytics platform.

Docket Alarm’s database contains every published PTAB decision and features a dashboard with quick links to different categories of recent decisions. To make finding relevant information even easier, Docket Alarm has also created numerous one-click filters that allow users to parse through results by specific criteria.
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The Difference Between a Good and Great Junior Attorney.

Law is competitive, and it can be difficult for young attorneys to stand out at their firms. However, junior associates can give themselves an edge by taking an active interest in their practice and their firm’s business. Here are some specific ways junior attorneys can separate themselves from the pack.

Know Your Practice Area

This goes without saying, but great junior attorneys don’t just clock in and clock out, they have a healthy intellectual curiosity about what is going on in their practice area.
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Pinterest Loses Major Battle Against "Pinning" on the Internet

Yesterday, a federal court issued a major ruling against social media giant Pinterest in a trademark infringement lawsuit against much smaller startup Pintrips.

Pinterest is America’s third largest social network behind Facebook and Twitter. The company is currently valued at $11 billion and has an estimated 80 million monthly users. Users view, share, and organize content by creating “pins” on their virtual pin boards.

Pintrips is self-described as a collaborative trip-planning dashboard for tracking flights and prices across destinations in real time.
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What's Scaring Copyright Trolls: The Legal Tech Used to Manage the Onslaught


What kind of company makes no creative works but earns millions of dollars a year suing random people on the internet in the name of copyright law? You guessed it, a copyright troll. Much like patent trolls, copyright trolls are entities that do not create or distribute creative content, yet acquire copyrights to creative works in order to file lawsuits against accused infringers.
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When the Government Shuts Down: Third Party Data Providers Step Up


From August 29 to September 6, 2015, servers operated by the United States Copyright Office, were down. For more than eight days, hundreds of applicants had to jump through hoops to file a copyright.

The Copyright Office’s electronic filing system, known as “eCO”, was taken offline “to accommodate a scheduled annual power outage to allow routine maintenance by the Architect of the Capitol,” according to the Office.However, at the end of the blackout period, the Library’s information technology office could not bring the servers back online, along with several other Library managed government sites.
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Victory for SpaceX: PTAB Cancels Blue Origin Patent


In a victory for aerospace company SpaceX, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a decision on August 27th canceling 13 claims in a rocket sea-landing patent owned by competitor Blue Origin, a space venture backed by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos.

The patent at issue, U.S. Patent No. 8,678,321 B2 (the “’321 patent”), describes a method of vertically landing a rocket booster on a floating platform after launch.
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PTAB Hits a Quarter-Million Filings

Founded almost three years ago, the Patent Trial Appeal Board ("PTAB") has exploded in popularity as the venue of choice for challenging patent validity. This week, the PTAB reached a symbolic, but nevertheless real milestone:exceeding a quarter million document filingsin the court. + Continue Reading
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Automate Financial Due Diligence with Docket Alarm


Commercial banks, investment banks, brokerages, and other financial institutions spend an inordinate amount of time on due diligence: researching a potential debtor’s financial history and quantifying the amount of risk of a particular investment or loan. Much of this diligence can be automated.

There are hundreds of thousands of bankruptcies filed every year. Banks and other financiers use Docket Alarm to research personal and commercial bankruptcy records. Financial institutions can easily see if a potential corporate customer is solvent or has declared bankruptcy in the past. Using Docket Alarm’s API, searches can be automated, leading to an enormous savings in efficiency over manual searching.

In addition to bankruptcies, Docket Alarm automates access to court recordsinvolving your clients' and debtors’ litigation.
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War of the Fitness Trackers: Adidas v. Under Armour

Back in February of 2014, German sportswear giant Adidas filed a patent infringement suit against competitor Under Armour, Inc. in United States District Court for the District of Delaware.

Adidas accused Under Armour and its newly acquired fitness tracker subsidiary, MapMyFitness, Inc., of infringing ten of its patents.
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Advanced Search Tools to Find the Right Court Decision


Terms and connectors searching allow users to string together multiple complex queries. Say you are searching for §112 issues in a patent case. You may search for “written description invalidity” to find relevant information. However, this search will return any result that uses those three words. By using terms and connectors, you can narrow your query: (written w/3 description) w/10 invalidity. This query indicates that you are looking for results where the word “description” appears within three words of “written”, and “invalidity” appears within ten words of that combination.

Terms and connectors searching is also helpful in finding cases whose characteristics match your own.
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Rapper and Mogul 50 Cent Files for Bankruptcy


50 Cent’s moniker has ceased being figurative— the rapper and business mogul has filed for bankruptcy in Connecticut’s Bankruptcy Court.

Curtis James Jackson III, known by his stage name “50 Cent” or “Fiddy”, started his career as a successful rap artist, rising to the top of the charts and taking in millions of dollars in royalties annually.
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