A reader asked about how I find news to post. Here are some tips and rules that I follow:
1. The primary sources for the Patently-O Blog are judicial opinions released by the Federal Circuit and various district courts. In addition, I pay attention to rule changes at the Patent Office and legislative changes in Congress. My policy is to post a review of every appellate opinion directly related to patent law, most rule/legislative changes, and some district court opinions.
2. Secondarily, the world of blogs (or blawgs) provides lots of interesting points of interest. For example, I read about the recent patent lawsuit against the RIAA on Stephen Nipper’s blog. I use the online news reader “Bloglines” check for new items from blogs around the world. I have about 35 blogs in my list. There are millions of blogs, so 35 is quite culled.
There are definitely other blogs that should be on my list, but I just don’t have time to process that much information. Here are four patent related blogs that I often use as sources. (in no particular order).
3. I look to the mainstream media to uncover some items more related to the business of patents and patent law. For example, I read about the patent suit against Major League Baseball on c-Net News. Generally, I try to add to the story in a meaningful way. For example, for the MLB case, I downloaded the patent from the USPTO and looked at the claim language and figures. Then, I contacted the plaintiff’s attorney to get his comments about the case.
Here are my three best news sources:
Google and Topix are both news aggregators. They seem to use quite different algorithms for ranking news stories. Thus, it is unlikely that a scan of the top 10 stories will reveal more than 2 or 3 overlapping repeats. Apparently, Yahoo News is more popular, but I don’t really like it.
Google and Topix are both news aggregators. They seem to use quite different algorithms for ranking news stories. Thus, it is unlikely that a scan of the top 10 stories will reveal more than 2 or 3 overlapping repeats.
Apparently, Yahoo News is more popular, but I don’t really like it.
4. Other. I get lots of e-mails from readers about various items of interest. This often spurs me to delve into the story to see whether I can provide some insight. In addition, I just do what seems interesting to me. For example, Last year I drove through the hills of western North Carolina and truly enjoyed the scenery and people. On a whim, I looked for recent patents issued to inventors located in Asheville — and posted a brief article on the topic.