New Update! Faber on Mechanics of Patent Claim Drafting (7th Edition)

Release #4 is now available for Faber on Mechanics of Patent Claim Drafting (7th Edition)

Faber Patent Claim Drafting 7th ED“This work must be included in the library of anyone who considers himself or herself an attorney [in the field].” – The Licensing Journal

A trusted working tool for more than two decades, Faber on Mechanics of Patent Claim Drafting spotlights proven claim drafting practices and techniques that have been firmly established by patent authorities and custom. Faber on Mechanics of Patent Claim Drafting provides full coverage of U.S. Supreme Court and other court decisions critical to claim drafting. It is an indispensable guide for patent specialists and other intellectual property attorneys, corporate counsel, patent agents, patent officials, and inventors.  Among the topics covered in the recently updated book are the following:

  • Patent eligibility—computer-related claims: Several recent Federal Circuit opinions emphasize that patent claims directed to data processing or pure software can be patent-eligible. Software modifications that improve functioning or capacity of a known system are generally patent-eligible. This applies to improvements in computer functionality or solving technology-based problems, even with conventional generic components when combined in an unconventional manner. It is recommended to disclose and discuss the practical benefits of the claim in the specification. The differences from the art, the technological improvement, and the reasons for this may convert what appears to be known technology into something patent-eligible. See 1:5.5, at note 88.3.
  • “Visually negligible”: Words of approximation are not restricted to words like “about,” “approximately,” and “substantially.” The Federal Circuit held that “visually negligible” was definite because the specification provided examples of visually negligible indicators, namely an objective baseline to determine what is visually negligible based on what can be seen by the normal human eye, and neither the examiners nor the experts during prosecution and reexamination had apparent difficulty determining the scope of this term (Sonix Technology Co. v. Publications International, Ltd.). See § 3:19, at note 389.1.
  • Claims in continuing applications—claim construction: According to the Federal Circuit, where more than one patent derives from, that is claims priority to, a common parent, construction of the same claim in two or more of those patents should be the same, since they are all based off the same disclosure and specification (Trustees of Columbia University v. Symantic Corp.). See § 5:5, at note 43.1.

The update Treatise is available on PLI PLUS, our online research database.  If you’d like to order a print copy, please email or call 877-900-5291.

2017 Edition – Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act Answer Book


FATCA Answer Book_NWForeign Account Tax Compliance Act Answer Book (2017 Edition) provides a detailed analysis of requirements with which U.S. taxpayers with overseas accounts must comply.

Written and edited by Matthew D. Lee (Fox Rothschild LLP), this question-and-answer guide walks the reader through every aspect of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) requirements. The book explains FATCA terms and concepts, identifies which foreign financial institutions (FFIs) are covered by the Act (over 155,000) and which countries (over 100) have signed, or indicated their willingness to sign, bilateral tax treaties with the United States (called Intergovernmental Agreements), and describes the obligations placed upon FFIs under the Act.

Additionally, Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act Answer Book provides guidance on how to create an acceptable compliance program and what is required to register as a foreign financial institution.

This new edition is available on PLI PLUS, our online research database. If you’d like to order a print copy, please email or call 877-900-5291.

New! PLI PLUS Booklet

Interested in learning more about PLI PLUS, our online research database? Take a look at our newly designed PLI PLUS booklet, which provides a high-level overview of the PLI Press resources available on the database, including our new journal, The Current!



You can also find the PLUS booklet on our Training Center.

The Current: The Journal of PLI PRESS

TheCurrentPLI Press is excited to announce its new quarterly journal, The Current: The Journal of PLI Press. Each issue of The Current will feature ten to twelve original articles, authored by leading experts including PLI authors and faculty members, and providing timely commentary and analysis of one or more key legal developments.

As the pace of change in the law – and the practice of law itself – continues to accelerate, so does the need for more current expert commentary and analysis.  The Current  intends to fill this need, providing practicing lawyers, academics, and members of the judiciary with insightful commentary and analysis of changes impacting the law and the legal profession.

Current topics include: Estate Planning in the Trump Era · The Impact of the “Buy/Hire American” Executive Order on H-1B Visa Practice · Results Removed: Fighting Deindexing Abuse ·  The U.S. Trademark Audit Program.

The Current  is available through your PLI PLUS subscription:

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New Edition! Essential Trial Evidence: Brought to Life by Famous Trials, Films, and Fiction

Book - Essential Trial Evidence BookPLI’s Essential Trial Evidence: Brought to Life by Famous Trials, Films, and Fiction (2nd Edition) is a unique and insightful guide to the law of evidence. Author Martin A. Schwartz enlivens an intricate, technical subject by using engaging, evidentiary examples from popular culture to provide a strong understanding of the Federal Rules of Evidence and its interpretive case law, which represents the prevailing evidence law in the United States.

This unique instructive approach also provides an understanding of how popular culture sources inform jurors’ preconceptions about the trial process. Illustrations from famous cases, movies, novels, cartoons, and other media highlight the presumptions jurors bring to the courtroom.

Essential Trial Evidence: Brought to Life by Famous Trials, Films, and Fiction (2nd Edition) covers a wide range of issues, including relevance and unfair prejudice, the rule against hearsay and its numerous exceptions, recent developments in expert testimony, and the various impeachment methods.

You’ll receive clear guidance on the following:
– Differences between expert witness and lay witness testimony, including how courts handle the dual fact-expert witness
– Procedures for juror questioning of witnesses
– Admissibility of videotape evidence
– Recent developments under the Confrontation Clause
– Requirements for introducing electronic evidence,
– And more!

This essential new title is available on PLI PLUS, our online research database. If you’d like to order a print copy, please email or call 877-900-5291.

PLI PLUS Enhancements: Book Covers and Detailed View

Two enhancements have recently been made to PLI PLUS! Book cover images now display on the table of contents page of a title. In addition you can view book cover images in the new detailed view in Browse as well.

If you’re used to reading PLI books in print, you’re familiar with our book covers.   You’ll notice book cover images now display on PLI PLUS and provide a nice reference to those titles.

Proskauer Book Cover
Detailed view on Browse is an expansion of the list view.  While the list view displays titles in alphabetical order,  the detailed view expands the list to include the book citation information as well as the book cover image.  Just click between the two icons to change the view!  Check out these features on PLI PLUS now!

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Employment Law Yearbook 2017 Now Available


EmploymentLawThe 2017 edition of Employment Law Yearbook covers the most important issues facing today’s employers and employment law practitioners. In this tight employment market and amid the rapidly changing global economy, it is imperative that employers and employment law practitioners understand the legal implications of a wide range of workplace actions. Authored by Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s Employment Law Practice Group, a nationally recognized leader in this field, Employment Law Yearbook 2017 substantially revises the 2016 edition and provides a review of current developments in the law, including case decisions, statutes, and other events of interest to employers in the past year, as well as practical steps employers can take to minimize their risks and comply with the law.

Revised annually, Employment Law Yearbook 2017 is an essential reference for in-house and outside corporate attorneys and human resource professionals, as well as attorneys representing plaintiffs and defendants in employment-related litigation.

This essential title is available on PLI PLUS, our online research database. If you’d like to order a print copy, please email or call 877-900-5291.

New for June on PLI PLUS

New for June

We add content to PLI PLUS every month to ensure our subscribers have access to the most up-to-date and relevant secondary source legal documents. Renowned legal experts regularly update our acclaimed Treatises, Course Handbooks, Answer Books, Transcripts and Forms to reflect recent changes and developments in the law.

Click here to see what we added in June!