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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 

March 7–11, The 9th Health Informatics in Africa Conference (HELINA 2014)
Place: Accra, Ghana
Sponsor/Organizer: Ghana Health Informatics Association (GHIA)
URL: conf.helina-online.org/index.php/2014/oct2014

March 10, ALPSP Training Course: Developing Open Access and Hybrid Journals
Place: London
Sponsor/Organizer: Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)
URL: alpsp.org/Ebusiness/Meetings/Meeting.aspx?ID=429

March 12–13, Conference of the Bells
Place: Milan
Sponsor/Organizer: EXPO Milano 2015
URL: convegnostelline.it

March 14–18, The 18th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2015)
Place: Vancouver, British Columbia
Sponsor/Organizer: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
URL: cscw.acm.org/2015

March 20, ALPSP Training Course: Financial Management in Journals Publishing
Place: London
Sponsor/Organizer: Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)
URL: alpsp.org/Ebusiness/Meetings/Meeting.aspx?ID=433

March 21–23, The 5th International Conference on Information Systems and Technologies (ICIST’15)
Place: Istanbul, Turkey
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: ijist.net/ICIST15

March 24, ALPSP Training Course: Data Protection: Compliance Issues for Publishers
Place: London
Sponsor/Organizer: Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)
URL: alpsp.org/Ebusiness/Meetings/Meeting.aspx?ID=441

March 25–28, ACRL 2015 Conference
Place: Portland, Ore.
Sponsor/Organizer: Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
URL: conference.acrl.org

March 26–28, The Third International Conference on E-Technologies and Business on the Web (EBW2015)
Place: Paris
Sponsor/Organizer: Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (SDIWC)
URL: sdiwc.net/conferences/ebw2015

March 28–29, The 3rd International Conference on Information Technology and Science (ICITS 2015)
Place: Pattaya, Thailand
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: icits.org

March 29–30, The Second Annual Library Publishing Forum
Place: Portland, Ore.
Sponsor/Organizer: Library Publishing Coalition (LPC)
URL: librarypublishing.org/events/lpforum15

March 29–April 2, The 37th European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR 2015)
Place: Vienna
Sponsor/Organizer: Austrian Computer Society and the Faculty of Informatics at the Vienna University of Technology
URL: ecir2015.ifs.tuwien.ac.at/wp

March 30–31, The Third Annual HTRC (HathiTrust Research Center) UnCamp
Place: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Sponsor/Organizer: HTRC
URL: hathitrust.org/htrc_uncamp2015

March 30–April 1, The UKSG 38th Annual Conference and Exhibition
Place: Glasgow, Scotland
Sponsor/Organizer: UKSG
URL: uksg.org/event/conference15

... View our complete conference calendar here.

ITI Blogs

If you regularly read blogs, add these to your reader:

ITI Books Blog booksblog.infotoday.comnews, observations, and commentary from the authors, editors, and publishers of Information Today, Inc.'s many book offerings.

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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