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Legal Research - Spring 2015 - 2015 Moot Court
Transcript of Legal Research - Spring 2015 - 2015 Moot Court
translate the research question into research terms
Whether you use LexisAdvance or WestlawNext, use as many filters a possible before you click search.
The Role of Google
But not so good for complex legal issues
Formulate a Research Queary
The Macro-management Level of IL Research:
1. free-of-charge or fee-based repositories of information?
2. do you use a simple or advanced search?
3. what limits / filters are you going to use, if any?
using secondary sources requires to use a filter
4. what keyword terms are you going to use?
The Micro-management Level of IL Research
Always make sure you update your results
2015 Giles S. Rich Memorial Moot Court Problem
1. research terms which mirror your research issue;
2. use synonyms
3. use boolean connectors:
flexibility when searching secondary vs. primary sources
4. do your results answer your question?
manage your results!
choose a database and use its features:
Inventors Sylvester Gatto and Azrael LeChat filed suit against Katze Corporation, alleging Katze’s ROLLcat device infringes their US Patent 8,405,554 under 35 U.S.C. § 271(a).
1. Query: Patent Claim Construction
2. Query: whether the prior art reference at issue was "publicly accessible" so as to qualify as a printed publication.
patent construction: Secondary sources?
statutory research 35 USC 102b BUT
notes of decisions difficult to manage
use: one good case approach
the keynumber system
use full text searches
Dana Neacsu, email@example.com
emails work best
Legal issue: whether the prior art reference at issue was "publicly accessible" so as to qualify as a printed publication.
Specific research query: what constitutes a “printed publication” under 35 USC § 102