This forty-seventh installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.
The Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) is published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), an agency in the United States Department of Commerce. The MPEP is based on Chapter 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations, which derives its authority from Title 35 of the United States Code. The MPEP is an indispensable resource for patent attorneys and agents and patent examiners to assure that USPTO regulations are followed. The Examination for Registration to Practice in Patent Cases Before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (more commonly referred to as the patent bar) requires extensive knowledge of the MPEP.
Originally published in 1920, the current version of the MPEP is the 8th edition, Revision 9, published in August 2012. HeinOnline provides access to every edition of the MPEP in a web-based, fully searchable format. This provides a valuable resource to any researcher interested in current patent law or the development of patent examining procedures over time.
To access the Manual of Patent Examining Procedures, click here and select HeinOnline under Legal Search Engines Research.
This forty-fifth installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.
HeinOnline, available through the Coleman Karesh Library’s electronic resources, includes a database called “Association of American Law Schools (AALS).” AALS is an organization that includes 170 law schools, and was founded in 1900. The University of South Carolina has been a member since 1924. This resource includes the AALS directories of law teachers from 1922-2012; the AALS handbook from 1984-2012; the proceedings of the AALS annual meetings from 1900-2007; Clinical Law Review Volumes from 1994-2013; and Journal of Legal Education Volumes from 1948-2013. AALS has been involved in litigation in many high profile cases, for example having to do with the First Amendment, and the journal publications include articles about some of their activities. They are arranged chronologically and by page number, but there is also a form to search by citation, or more generally by keyword.
To access the Association of American Law Schools, click here and select HeinOnline under Legal Search Engines Research.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held in Bland v. Roberts that the use of the “Like” button on Facebook qualifies as constitutionally protected free speech under the First Amendment and cannot be used against public employees. The case arose after five former appointees at the Hampton, Virginia sheriff’s office were not reappointed after they used the like button to support his opponent’s campaign. The court rule that their public expression did not interfere with their job duties as public servants and likened their actions to putting a campaign poster in their front yards, a type of speech that has long been protected.
This forty-fourth installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.
Wolters Kluwer is a leading global information services and publishing company. Through the Kluwer Law International Journal Library, HeinOnline provides access to 21 titles, including Air and Space and Business Law Review. The collection is particularly useful to those researching aspects of international and comparative law, as well as international business issues. Some of the titles that may be of interest to a researcher in these areas include the Global Trade and Customs Journal, Arbitration International, Asian International Arbitration Journal, and European Business Law Review.
This collection allows for full-text searching, as well as field searching, and researchers can search the entire collection or only specified titles. This allows the researcher to find articles quickly and efficiently within the collection.
To access the Kluwer Law International Journal Library, click here and select HeinOnline under Legal Search Engines Research.
This forty-third installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.
HeinOnline’s American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) collection is a great resource for anyone with an interest in legal scholarship, librarianship, or even legal research in general! This database brings together a number of AALL’s publications and encompasses materials from 1908-2013, including the organization’s newsletters and journals. Among these is AALL Spectrum, the current newsletter, and the Law Library Journal (updated to 2013).
A quick look inside the most recent edition of the Law Library Journal reveals articles on naming federal statutes, building library collections, the mission of law libraries, and conducting more meaningful legal research; among others. This journal would be an interesting read for anyone looking to improve their research skills, keep up-to-date with trends in law library development, or gain greater perspective on how legal information is organized and made available.
To access the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) collection in Hein, click here, select HeinOnline under “Legal Search Engines Research,” and select the collection from the list to your left. Happy Researching!
There has been lots of discussion recently about the data being collected by the NSA but very little that is helpful in understanding how such a large data-mining operation is actually carried out. Popular Mechanics has a very helpful piece, identifying the various players, recapping the timeline of the controversy, walking the reader through the steps of the program, and explaining what the folks at NSA are looking for.
Trying to follow all the legal coverage on potential military action in Syria but getting lost in the debate? John Louth of Oxford University Press has released a new, freely-accessible Debate Map through the Oxford Public International Law website to allow students and researchers to track more readily the legal debates surrounding the possibility of military action against Syria. The map covers different issues of international law separately and provides details on the dates, commentators, and positions for the arguments that have taken place. This is a great resource for anyone interested in witnessing the development of principles of international law in current affairs.
This forty-second installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.
Affiliated with the International Academy for the Study of the Jurisprudence of the Family, the International Journal of the Jurisprudence of the Family (IJJF) is a peer-reviewed academic journal established to foster the publication of scholarly works relating to the foundations of family life and family law and to promote a deeper understanding of the principles upon which families are based and the governmental policies that affect family life.
The IJJF is a recent addition to the available resources regarding the jurisprudence of the family, having been first published in the summer of 2011. The first volume was primarily based on the papers presented at the 2010 Jurisprudence of the Family Symposium presented by the International Academy for the Study of the Jurisprudence of the Family, and the IJJF has since continued to publish one volume annually, each including contributions by leading scholars from all over the world. The contributing authors represent a wide variety of cultures, legal systems, religions, and schools of jurisprudence.
While this is a relatively new resource, it may provide very valuable insights and information for researchers interested in family law and jurisprudence, especially as it relates to international and comparative law.
To access the International Journal of the Jurisprudence of the Family, click here and select HeinOnline under Legal Search Engines Research.
Worried about what potential employers might see on your Twitter feed or Facebook page from a few years ago? Ever wished you could start over fresh in your social media life. If you’ve ever tried, you know how frustrating it can be. It’s almost like those social media sites don’t want you to leave. Actually, they do intentionally make closing or deleting an account complicated. But help is on the way. Take a look at Justdelete.me, a UK-based website that offers ratings of the difficulty of closing and removing your accounts on over 250 different social media apps and services. There are also instructions for deleting your accounts on most of the sites in the list. Now if there were only a way to vacuum up all those posts that got shared or re-Tweeted.