Law@Stanford in the January 2009 issue links to a Sheri Qualters article about the fact that
Stanford Law School [has launched an] Online IP Clearinghouse writing:
“Stanford Law School has launched the Stanford Intellectual Property Litigation Clearinghouse [IPLC], a searchable online database of intellectual property cases filed since 2000…. The database contains more than 78,000 U.S. lawsuits, including, patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret and antitrust cases….“
As written by SLS (Stanford Law School) at Stanford IP Litigation Clearinghouse:
“The IPLC will be made publicly online in phases, with the first release including the Patent Litigation Module, covering more than 23000 cases filed in US district courts since the year 2000.“
Dian Schaffhauser at Campus Technology writes:
“The Law, Science & Technology Program at Stanford Law School has launched the Intellectual Property Litigation Clearinghouse (IPLC)….
“Patent litigation is a big risk for most companies because there is great uncertainty about the outcome,” said Mark Lemley, director of the Law, Science & Technology Program…. “We built this tool in part so that lawyers and judges could get more certainty….
“[W]e also built this tool so that scholars and policymakers could help Congress reform the patent system in rational ways, based on what’s really happening rather than our perception of what’s happening,” Lemley added….
“We are developing a core element of the US intellectual property infrastructure,” said Joshua Walker, founder of CodeX , the Stanford Center for Computers and Law, who directed the IPLC’s creation. “The bedrock of the system is based on tens of thousands of hours of vigorous legal review and discussion with leading experts….“
Read Schaffhauser’s full article at Campus Technology.
As we first learned at EDTexweblog.com by Michael C. Smith of Siebman, Reynolds, Burg, Phillips & Smith, LLP – Marshall office (they have offices in Sherman, Plano, Lufkin, and Marshall.), the database of the Stanford IP Clearinghouse is called Lexmachina.
LexMachina is open to the public for free for non-commercial use only.
Registration is required.
We registered and looked at the IPLC Terms of Service, which provide, inter alia:
“NON-COMMERCIAL USE ONLY
Your access and account are strictly limited to non-commercial use. You may not use this site for any commercial purpose or for private sector remuneration—directly or indirectly. Some examples of EXCLUDED uses include, but are not limited to: (i) attorney use of IPLC Services to defend, manage, or prosecute any litigation (EXCEPT usage for bona fide pro bono representations, or use by U.S. government attorneys, per above); (ii) use by a litigation consultant, of any kind, in relation to an actual or potential litigation; (iii) any use by, on behalf, or for the benefit of a for-profit legal entity, whether such entity is extant or to be created; (iv) use of IPLC Services by anyone to analyze the purchase, sale, licensing, commercialization, or valuation of any intellectual property; (v) use of the IPLC to create an IP or litigation related database of any kind (see also all prohibitions below); (vi) use by a trade or lobbying group without written and explicit permission from the IPLC Director; or (vii) use by an IP commercialization entity or division of any legal form. The above usages, and any other commercial or remunerative usages, are expressly prohibited.
[NON-BINDING NOTE: We are in the process of developing separate institutional mechanisms to legally allow for commercial use. We intend to allow such access in the very near future. Thank you. END OF NOTE.]“