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Academic Innovation Hits The Legal Web

Publication Date: 
April 30, 2009
The National Law Journal
Robert J. Ambrogi

The Intellectual Property Litigtation Clearinghouse is listed in an article in the The National Law Journal as an example of innovative legal technologies currently cropping up on the Internet:

Recent projects launched online with the support of law schools show that there is no waning of clever and useful ideas coming from law students and faculty. Here are some examples:


IP case clearinghouse. In December, Stanford Law School launched the Intellectual Property Litigation Clearinghouse a first-of-its-kind online database that offers comprehensive information about IP disputes within the United States. Users can review real-time data, often in striking graphical formats, about legal disputes involving patents, copyrights, trademarks, antitrust and trade secrets.

It includes data summaries, industry indices and trend analysis, together with a full-text search engine. See, for example, a "heat map" showing the busiest litigation dockets. View graphs illustrating outcomes in key federal courts. Find the most-litigated patents. Browse individual case dockets.

Stanford says the clearinghouse's data will be rolled out in phased modules. The initial release focused on patent litigation, and covers more than 23,000 cases filed in U.S. district courts since 2000. It includes raw data for every district court patent case and all results, including opinions.