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NewsBreaks
Why Patent Litigation Was on the Upswing in 2012
by George H. Pike
Well, so much for patent reform. According to a recent study from the accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), 2012 was a "banner year in patent litigation," with increases in the number of patent infringement lawsuits filed in the federal courts and larger damage awards. The PwC study suggests that much of the increasing patent litigation may be due to "patent trolls," those companies that purchase patent portfolios for the primary purpose of threatening and filing infringement lawsuits, along with the effects of the America Invents Act, the so-called "patent reform" legislation enacted in 2011.

Weekly News Digests
Thomson Reuters Offers Clinical Trial Intelligence Solutions
The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters introduced two clinical trial intelligence software solutions for R&D professionals: Cortellis Clinical Trials Intelligence and Cortellis Site Performance Advisor. These solutions improve clinical trials, speed up product development and release, and help professionals strengthen portfolios and R&D strategy.
Academic Video Store From Alexander Street Press Opens Its Virtual Doors
Alexander Street Press unveiled its online Academic Video Store offering academic DVDs and streaming videos for librarians and educators. The store has more than 2,500 single-title films in more than 40 disciplines, selected by a team of editorial experts.
Polaris Library Systems Upgrades Software With 100 Enhancements
Polaris Library Systems, a library automation software company, recently updated its software to Polaris 4.1 with about 100 enhancements that will help librarians and administrative staff increase their productivity and workflow efficiency. Polaris 4.1 improves patron services, circulation, cataloging, and acquisitions.

NewsLink Spotlight
Top Mobile Apps for Productivity
by Paula J. Hane
In last month's Spotlight article, I highlighted some browser extensions that I find to be very useful. The article has proven popular with readers, and I've even benefitted from readers' suggestions. So, now I'd like to cover some of the mobile apps that I've found to be the most helpful. I have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone running Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), and the apps I'm including here are available for Android devices (at the Google Play Store), and some are also available for Apple iOS at the Apple iTunes store. I trust you will find these to be handy and serve as a starting point to look for others. (If you have others in your toolkit that you'd like to share, let me know.)

Conference Connection

CONFERENCE CALENDAR 

Nov. 4–5, The 5th International Conference on Libraries, Information and Society (ICOLIS 2014)
Place: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sponsor/Organizer: Department of Library and Information Science, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya and University of Malaya Library
URL: umconference.um.edu.my/ICOLIS2014

Nov. 4–5, Taxonomy Boot Camp
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: taxonomybootcamp.com/2014

Nov. 4–7, KMWorld 2014
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: kmworld.com/Conference/2014

Nov. 5–7, Enterprise Search and Discovery
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: enterprisesearchsummit.com/DC2014

Nov. 5–8, The 34th Annual Charleston Conference
Place: Charleston, S.C.
Sponsor/Organizer:  Charleston Conference
URL: katina.info/conference

Nov. 5–8, Forum of the Library Information and Technology Association (LITA Forum)
Place: Albuquerque, N.M.
Sponsor/Organizer: LITA
URL: litablog.org/2013/11/call-for-proposals-2014-lita-forum

Nov. 6–7, The 11th International Conference on Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management & Organisational Learning—ICICKM 2014
Place: Sydney
Sponsor/Organizer: Academic Conferences and Publishing International
URL: academic-conferences.org/icickm/icickm2014/icickm14-home.htm

Nov. 6–7, SharePoint Symposium
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: sharepointsymposium.com/2014

Nov. 11, ALPSP Training Course: Understanding eJournal Technology
Place: Oxford, U.K.
Sponsor/Organizer: Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)
URL: alpsp.org/Ebusiness/Meetings/Meeting.aspx?ID=381

Nov. 13–14, 2014 Library Journal Directors’ Summit
Place: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Sponsor/Organizer: Library Journal
URL: lj.libraryjournal.com/directors-summit/#_

Nov. 14–16, The 2014 Young Adult Literature Symposium
Place: Austin, Texas
Sponsor/Organizer: Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
URL: yalitsymposium12.ning.com

Nov. 18–19, Streaming Media West
Place: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: streamingmedia.com/Conferences/West2014

Nov. 18–19, Streaming Media Producer Live
Place: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: producerlive.streamingmedia.com/2014

 ... View our complete conference calendar here

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ITI Conference Blog libconf.com – covering ITI's library conferences worldwide.

Library Stuff librarystuff.net – the library blog dedicated to resources for keeping current and professional development, written by Steven M. Cohen.

InfoToday Europe Blog infotodayeurope.com – The latest news, analysis and opinion on the information industry in Europe and the UK.

Business of Video blog blog.streamingmedia.com – Daily posts about the online video industry, business trends and analysis, market data, and research as well as the online video business models in the media and entertainment, broadcast, publishing, advertising and enterprise industries.

destinationCRM Blog destinationcrmblog.coma blog from the editors of CRM magazine, dedicated to providing Customer Relationship Management information in a timely manner to connect decision makers and providers.

SpeechTech Blog speechtechblog.com – updates on speech technology and its applications in daily life. Covers everything from ASR to VUI, with lots of links, threads, and even a few pictures thrown in for good measure.

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