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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Get the Fastest SCOTUS News Alerts, Such As the Court's Recent Same Sex Marriage Decision



On July 26, the Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that states must recognize same-sex marriage. The long awaited decision was 5-4, with Justice Kennedy casting the swing vote in favor of upholding same-sex unions. In his opinion for the majority, Kennedy wrote:

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family.
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How Can I Track Companies Being Sued?


Docket Alarm’s comprehensive platform has many tools to help you keep track of companies and their legal affairs. For example, Docket Alarm’s email alert tool helps keep you informed of the latest litigation developments involving a specific company. When a new lawsuit is filed that the company is a party to, or when there is a new development in an existing case involving that company, an update will be sent right to your inbox.

To create an email alert for a particular company, simply enter the company’s name in Docket Alarm’s Federal Court Case Alert Tool and click on the “View New Lawsuits” button.
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Performing Citizen Legal Research and Analysis with Docket Alarm

In addition to lawyers and professionals, regular citizens can benefit from having access to Docket Alarm’s legal research platform to uncover litigation history and stay informed of the latest lawsuits and cases. Here are four ways the public can use Docket Alarm to their benefit.
1. Conduct Due Diligence
Citizens can use Docket Alarm to research potential employers or business partners.
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Saint Laurent Does Not Find Your Parody Funny

Creating a parody of a well-recognized brand is a popular way to captivate the public, à la the “Dumb Starbucks” phenomenon that took the internet by storm last year and had LA residents lining up around the block for a cup of “dumb coffee.”

But is this type of witty commentary legal? Well, as any lawyer will tell you, it depends.

Parody can be raised as a defense to a trademark or copyright infringement lawsuit.
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Know Your PTAB Judges: Meet PTAB Judge Trevor Jefferson


In the News: Docket Alarm is excited to announce that we have been selected as a finalist in Legaltech News’ Innovation Awards for Best Research Product! The award is in recognition of outstanding achievement by legal professionals in their use of technology.

Know Your PTAB Judges: Meet PTAB Judge Trevor Jefferson

In this installment of Docket Alarm’s Know Your PTAB Judge newsletter, Docket Alarm is proud to feature Administrative Patent Judge Trevor Jefferson.
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Real-Time Analytics for High-Risk Lending


Lenders can join the growing ranks of financial professionals utilizing Docket Alarm to enhance their businesses. Not merely for attorneys, Docket Alarm’s search and analytics platform help lenders easily conduct due diligence and even automate due diligence tasks. This is most beneficial when information on a potential borrower is scarce.

Data points from Docket Alarm can be used to evaluate the level of risk associated with lending to certain borrowers, industries, and geographical areas.
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War of the Drones: Parrot to Pay $7.8M in Patent Infringement Lawsuit


Last week, a Pennsylvania jury handed down one of the first patent infringement verdicts involving drones. Drone Technologies Inc. filed suit against France-based Parrot SA for infringement on two of their patents, U.S. Patents 7,584,071and 8,106,748.

Parrot is a well-known drone manufacturing company, focusing primarily on the toy and hobby market.

The jury ruled in favor of Drone Technologies Inc., granting $7.8 million in damages.
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Online Background Check Services and API - the Cost Effective Way


Professionals use Docket Alarm to conduct background checks on potential clients, partners, investments, and more. Docket Alarm can identify red flags, like past or pending federal litigation, involvement in bankruptcy proceedings, and even disputes over IP assets.

While you can search for a company’s background information on Docket Alarm’s robust search platform, the real utility is in Docket Alarm’s ability to automate these types of checks. Using Docket Alarm’s API (Application Programming Interface), you can set up recurring background checks on particular entities or individuals.
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New Patent Trial and Appeal Board Decisions, at Your Fingertips

Gone are the days of Google searching to see the latest Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decisions. Instead of searching for decisions, some new, some outdated, Docket Alarm makes it easy to view every new decision published by the PTAB in one place.


Docket Alarm’s dedicated PTAB orders and decisions page is organized by decision type, and includes categories like final written decision, petition institution, motion to terminate, motion for supplemental information, and more.

For example, to view all recent PTAB Motions for Joinder, simply select the category.
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Docket Alarm Helps Journalists Stay Abreast of the Latest Legal News

More than just a legal research engine, Docket Alarm is a multifaceted analytics platform and source database that journalists, day traders, and other professionals can utilize to their advantage.

Instead of continuously searching disorganized databases, court dockets, and PACER, journalists can use Docket Alarm’s user-friendly search tool to see the latest court cases involving Fortune 500 companies, tech startups, and other entities. Then, using Docket Alarm’s Federal Court casealert tool, reporters can track developments related to specific parties and tech centers in order to stay up-to-date on the latest legal and business news.
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Taylor Swift Capitalizes on Trademark Applications to Protect Her Brand


Taylor Swift has been raising eyebrows recently, but not for the reasons you may think. This time, instead of the 25-year-old pop star’s love life being the topic of discussion, it’s her recent legal activity. Swift Co has filed more than 37 federal trademark applications in the past six months, setting off a firestorm of speculation.

Swift’s applications seek protection for phrases like “this sick beat,” “Party like it’s 1989,” and “nice to meet you, where you been?” Many of these phrases are actually lyrics from her immensely popular songs.
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Financial Firms Use Docket Alarm to Gain Insight Into Market Fluctuations

While Docket Alarm was built to be a one-stop legal research and analytics platform, its uses go well beyond the legal sector. Financial firms use Docket Alarm’s features to helptrack and analyze influential court cases that have the potential to impact the stock market. Additionally, firms can save time by using Docket Alarm’s automated, up-to-the-minute analytics to evaluate publicly traded companies, potential borrowers, and other entities.

High Frequency Day Trading

Some court decisions are so important they impact national and international financial markets.
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New PTAB Analytics Feature: Claim Institution and Cancelation Histograms

Docket Alarm is excited to announce the latest addition to its analytics platform: claim institution and cancellation histograms. These features allow attorneys to dig further into Docket Alarm’s PTAB statistics around instituted petitions— these graphs illustrate what types of petitions are instituted, what types of petitions are not, and why.

The claim institution histogram shows how many patent claims were instituted within each petition instituted by the PTAB.
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