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Intellectual Property Materials on WestlawNext

This year more and more materials have migrated from Westlaw Classic to their permanent home in WestlawNext, including  intellectual property materials. According to Product Specialist Ryan Kaatz, by the end of the year, all intellectual property materials, including patents will have fully crossed-over to WestlawNext.

IP Tools are now available in WestlawNext and include the claims history of patents (showing all versions of the patent during the prosecution process) and a references cited section that allows users to quickly view all prior art cited in the patent application. Additionally, Asia Pacific and European patent materials have also migrated to WestlawNext.

One thing users should note is the method of accessing WestlawNext patent materials. On the WestlawNext home screen, the All Content tab separates materials included in general search of content through the search bar, and content that must be searched separately. There is a vertical line separating these materials, and Intellectual Property materials link  is on the right side of the line, and this not included in an “all content” search.



This is the link you should select in order to access patents and applications, assignment, cases, Markman orders and more.




Under the “Practice Areas” tab that links to relevant materials for  the subject matter, there is also an Intellectual Property link.


 This link, however, leads to the Intellectual Property Practitioner’s Insight page, designed to provide current awareness materials to IP practitioners. 



For the other practice area, some link to the most used content (e.g. Insurance Law), while others link to a Practitioner’s Insight page (e.g. Employment). Without clarity as to what content the user may expect, substantial confusion and frustration is likely to occur. So remember, in order to use patent and other IP materials on WestlawNext choose the link on the right-hand side of the “All Content” tab, not under the "Practice Areas" tab.  

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