Monthly Archives: February 2013

Free Library One-Hour Briefing on Legal and Ethical Issues in Social Media on Wednesday, April 3rd

One hour BriefingPLI and LLAGNY have teamed up to offer free one-hour audio briefings for librarians, researchers, attorneys, and allied professionals.  This spring we are offering a session on the complex legal and ethical issues surrounding data privacy and social media.

April 3, 2013, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (E.D.T.)
The use of social media in the legal industry is continually gaining momentum. But there may be ethical pitfalls with its use. This session will alert you to the ethical issues you should be aware of. Register for this free One-Hour Briefing, chaired by Janice E. Henderson, Patricia Barbone and Jill Gray, to:

  • Learn the use of social media by attorneys
  • Discover the rules of professional conduct in relation to activities in the use of Facebook, blogs and other forms of social media on the Internet
  • Learn the ethical issues regarding pretext searching, conflicts of interest, attorney advertising issues and client confidentiality

This briefing, featuring instruction from experts in research strategy and social media, was conceived and created in cooperation with Practising Law Institute (PLI) and the Law Library Association of Greater New York (LLAGNY).

Click here to register.

Spotlight on: Initial Public Offerings: A Practical Guide to Going Public

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And check out some of the great peer praise this Treatise has received:

“There is no better practical tool for anyone needing an in-depth, step-by-step guide to the IPO process.”
— Larry Sonsini, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

A detailed step-by-step guide that every practitioner should have.”
— Broc Romanek, Editor of The

A must-read for company executives, securities lawyers, and capital markets professionals alike.”
— John Tyree, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

The essential IPO guide for venture capitalists and the companies they fund.”
— Jonathan A. Flint, Co-Founder and Managing General Partner, Polaris Ventures

All participants in the [IPO] process — even the hardiest veterans — will find something in this book that they didn’t know before they picked it up.”
— Keith F. Higgins, Ropes & Gray LLP

An invaluable and comprehensive resource for the experienced practitioner and novice entrepreneur alike.”
— Richard D. Truesdell, Jr., Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP


PLI Course Handbooks Published in January 2013

Listed below are the PLI Course Handbooks that were published in January 2013:

Commercial Law and Practice

Corporate Law and Practice

Litigation and Administrative Practice

Real Estate Law and Practice

Tax Law and Estate Planning

If you have any questions or would like to order a title, please email the Library Relations Help Desk or call 877-900-5291.

2013 Answer Book Catalog

Answer-BooksWritten by attorneys from acclaimed law firms, PLI Answer Books provide readers with a complete understanding of relevant practice issues that arise in each of the selected subject matter areas.  Our Answer Books provide step-by-step, comprehensive explanations of the regulations and issues practitiones are likely to encounter.

Each title in the series uses an easily understood Q&A format so that pertinent questions can be answered quickly. What’s more, every Answer Book also includes both practice pointers and checklists that assist in explaining every day client questions.

The 2013 Answer Book catalog can be viewed here.

Contact the PLI  Library Relations Help Desk or call 877-900-5291 if you would like a hard copy of the catalog or to order an Answer Book!

New Title! Patent Claim Construction and Markman Hearings

In January 2013, PLI published Patent Claim Construction and Markman Hearings.

Determining the proper construction of patent claims is the necessary prelude to any inquiry as to whether those claims have been infringed, and this construction takes place in “a litigation system that is unique to patent cases.” Patent Claim Construction and Markman Hearings is a succinct guide to both claim construction and the special procedures that have evolved to accomplish such construction.

Since the decisions of the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court in Markman v. Westview Instruments, it has been clear that patent claim construction is a question of law exclusively for the court, not something to be submitted to the jury. Patent Claim Construction and Markman Hearings explains the guiding principles that the courts use, the intrinsic and extrinsic evidence they consider, and the effect of prior constructions of the same claim. Since “rules” of construction are hard to come by, the book provides insight into the process by fully discussing how judges have decided upon particular claim constructions.

The law as it has developed after Markman, makes it clear that there is no mandated or standard procedure to accomplish claim construction. The book explains the differing approaches among the courts, including the local rules in force in some courts, and how they affect case-management conferences, briefing, discovery, and the timing of the Markman hearing itself.

Then, to give you practical guidance as you prepare for the hearing, Patent Claim Construction and Markman Hearings helps you assess the evidence in support of the construction you seek, work with expert witnesses, and prepare claim charts and other materials that will aid and convince the court.

Patent Claim Construction and Markman Hearings should be on every patent litigator’s desk.

If you’d like to order Patent Claim Construction and Markman Hearings, please email the Library Relations Help Desk or call 877-900-5291.

January 2013 Treatise Updates

In January 2013, the following PLI Treatises were updated:

If you are on standing order for any of the above titles, these releases have already been shipped. If you would like to place an order, please email or call 877-900-5291.