10 Top Intellectual Property Resources for Paralegals

The number of annual patent applications is continuously increasing and IP litigation has been thriving these past years. In this difficult legal job market, it can therefore be more important than ever to stay up to date with IP hot issues.

That is why we have put together a few IP resources to help our readers stay current, quickly look up relevant information, or simply learn more about IP:

1. IPWatchdog
The founder of IPWachdog.com is Gene Quinn, a patent attorney, law professor and a leading commentator on patent law and innovation policy. IPWatchdog.com is an Internet magazine focusing on the business, policy and substance of patents and other forms of intellectual property, such as copyrights and trademarks. This site provides detailed analysis with magazine-length articles and op-ed pieces.

2. Patently-O

According to BusinessWeek, Patently-O is the most widely read patent law blog. It was created by Dennis Crouch, a law professor and patent attorney at the University of Missouri Law School and Jason Rantanen, an associate law professor at the University of Iowa.
3. Patent Baristas

Patent Baristas is an intellectual property news and commentary site focusing on patent and IP issues in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical fields. Articles are written in a language that everyone can understand and their content is full of information you will not find anywhere else. Stephen Jenei is the founder and owner of that blog.

4. Plagiarism Today
Plagiarism Today is a site targeted at Webmasters and copyright holders regarding the issue of plagiarism online. Though it deals with many legal issues, in particular the DMCA and copyright law, it is not a legal blog per se.

5. Technology & Marketing Law Blog
This blog discusses Internet and intellectual property law with an emphasis on search engines, spam, adware/spyware, and other marketing issues. It is written by Eric Goldman who is a Professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law.

6. Intellogist
A very good place to find information about patent research. This blog is produced by a team of patent information professionals who have years of prior search experience. They offer tips on how to use almost every research tool and resource out there.

7.  Rebecca Tushnet’s 43(B)log

Great blog about trademarks and advertising. The ABA Journal says of Tushnet's long-standing blog, "Her pieces offer a variety of shorter, sometimes humorous observations or summaries of issues she spots, mixed with longer, thoughtful analysis of recent opinions."
8.  Internet Cases

This is a very popular blog by Evan Brown, a technology and intellectual property attorney, about legal developments involving the Internet and new technologies.

9.  Trading Secrets
A great resource regarding trade secrets litigation.

10.  FOSS Patents

This blog covers software patent news and issues with a particular focus on wireless, mobile devices (smartphones, tablet computers).

BONUS.  Mike Masnick's Blog at Techdirt

And, as a bonus, check out Mike Masnick's daily updated blog about intellectual property issues, copyright, legislation and interesting current court cases and rulings.

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