In this issue:
- Law Review Article Submission
- Strong Download Numbers from the Digital Commons
- Certain Content No Longer Available on PACER
- Patents on WestlawNext
- Law 360 Content on LexisAdvance
ExpressO for Law Faculty:
ExpressO is an online submission management tool that enables you to submit an article to multiple law reviews at one time. To submit through ExpressO, you will need to create an account affiliated with this law school. To do that, go to ExpressO and click on the link for “My Account.” From here, you can create a new account. Make sure to list your institutional affiliation as “University of Maryland – Baltimore”, and use your law.umaryland.edu email address. After you enter in your information and create your own password, you will receive an email confirmation to activate your new account. Once that registration process is complete, you may begin to submit articles by going back to the main ExpressO page and clicking the “Submit Now” button. At any time, you can go back to “my account” and add information about yourself by clicking on the link to “edit profile.” ExpressO maintains a submission guide here.
Frank Lancaster created and maintains an in-house document for our Law School on which journals prefer ExpressO vs. Scholastica.
Sue McCarty confirms accounts on behalf of law faculty for ExpressO services.
ExpressO for Law Students:
The Law School does not have an institutional account for students, but underwrites support for students who wish to use ExpressO to submit a paper for publication. Students interested in using ExpressO should submit a recommendation (an email is sufficient) from a faculty member certifying that the paper is appropriate for publication, and contact Sue McCarty in the Law Library so that the student's name and email address can be added to the list of authorized ExpressO users.
Scholastica for Law Faculty:
Scholastica is also an online submission management tool that enables you to submit an article to multiple law reviews at one time. The Law School has a faculty-only institutional account with Scholastica. To use Scholastica, go to https://scholasticahq.com/login and click the “Sign Up Now” button to create an account. You must use your @law.umaryland.edu email address to be recognized under the Law School institutional account. After you enter your account information, you should receive a confirmation email. Click the confirm button in the email and you will be taken to your account page within Scholastica. From here, you can start a submission.
Sue McCarty confirms accounts on behalf of law faculty for Scholastica.
SSRN for Law Faculty:
The law school publishes both working papers and forthcoming articles in our Legal Scholarship Network series on SSRN. To prepare your article for posting on SSRN, you will need to include an abstract of no more than 300 words, and email the article and the abstract to Sue McCarty.
Digital Commons for Law Faculty:
The law school’s institutional digital repository, Digital Commons, includes all types of faculty scholarly work. It consists of (among other things) working papers, published and forthcoming articles, a book gallery, congressional testimony by faculty, and court briefs filed by the clinics. Contact Sue McCarty to have your work added to the Digital Commons.
Faculty can also have a customized Selected Works page, highlighting and organizing the content they have provided for Digital Commons. Your faculty profile page can link to your Selected Works page, if you’d like.
When you receive an offer of publication, we recommend that you review the publication agreement carefully and make sure that you retain rights to your work. The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) drafted a Model Author Agreement, which contains information about copyright and author's rights.
You may also wish to review the information on copyright and license agreements at Creative Commons and familiarize yourself with the various options with regard to copyright.
DigitalCommons@UM Carey Law had 62,309 full-text downloads and 49 new submissions were posted. The Maryland Law Review had 25,093 journal article downloads in July alone!
PACER. You can read the full announcement here. Material removed from PACER includes:
|U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit||Cases filed prior to January 1, 2010|
|U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit||Cases filed prior to CM/ECF conversion|
|U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit||Cases filed prior to January 1, 2010|
|U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit||Cases filed prior to March 1, 2012|
|U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California||Cases filed prior to May 1, 2001|
WestlawNext. Available content includes cases, administrative decisions and filings (from PTAB, TTAB, ITC), US & PCT Patents and Applications, DWPI, assignments, PatStat and LitAlert. You may search all patent content from a single search query, or an individual content type can be selected and searched. Specific templates for the various content types have also been prepared, providing flexibility in field searching without having to know the specific field abbreviations.
Patent Claims History (AKA Claims Versioning)
Patent Claims History is now available from the IP Tools tab on selected patents in WestlawNext. Claims History allows users to track patent claims starting with the claims in the initial patent application through the claims as they appeared in the patent when it was granted. This feature is referred to as Claims Versions on Westlaw Classic. See below how the Claims History data is displayed in the left panel on WestlawNext. Below that, you may click on the different Amended Versions to get a sense of how the claims changed over time, and as a result of the prosecution process with the USPTO.
Markman Orders are now on WestlawNext
Markman Orders are searchable on WestlawNext. During patent litigation, pre-trial Markman Hearings are held to determine the scope of a patent's claims. The result of these hearing are referred to as Markman Orders or Claim Construction Orders. You can access Markman Orders on both the Intellectual Property category page from the Home screen or from the Intellectual Property Practice Area page. From either page, click on the Cases link to see the option for Markman Orders.
The Advanced Search Template for Markman Orders allows you to search easily by field. The Construed Terms field is unique to Markman Orders and allows users to search for definitions of technical terms construed by the court.
International patent databases were recently migrated to WestlawNext
Click on the link for Patents and Applications from the Intellectual Property Category page to see the following content from China, Japan, South Korea, the European Patent Office, France, Germany and the United Kingdom.
All Patent information is also fully available on the desktop, iPad, or mobile.
By: Wendy Maines, Librarian Relations Manager for Thomson Reuters
Law 360’s own platform, and now through Lexis Advance. Law360 publishes breaking news and analysis with a focus on major litigation across more than 35 practice areas.
The quickest way to get to the Law360 content in LexisAdvance is by using the “word wheel” from the LexisAdvance homepage, and click on the box for legal news. When you click on an article from there, you will be redirected to the Law360 platform, with full access to the article.