SOLO IP event notes

by Andrew Watson on 12 September 2008

On Wednesday I attended the SOLO IP meeting at Olswang to listen to representatives from LexisNexis explain their product offering for solo and small firm IP professionals (though not before the IP Kat mentioned a grand scheme to change the face of legal research).

LexisNexis mostly chatted about:

  • Patent optimizer, a service with automated claim checking among other analytical tools; and
  • The Global IP Law service, a collection of IP information on “trademarks, patents, utility Models, industrial models and designs” with promises of copyright being added to the mix soon. The Lexis rep noted that this service was more of an accompaniment to guides such as the Kluwer Manual rather than a replacement for them (at least for now).

Lexis reps in silhouette from the 7th floor of Olswang towers.

They also mentioned their document automation product HotDocs and, tangentially, the Martindale Hubbell offering in the UK (which doesn’t appear very popular here). Beyond these services, we discussed the new look and search functionality at the core LexisNexis site, and how using their services compare to free search services such as Google (at least on the news side of things).  There was also some discussion about practice management software and Lexis’s attempts at bringing a fully integrated and comprehenisve solution together.  I disagree with some of the comments from the audience however in that I much prefer using different and individually tailored software and services for each area as and when I need it — and only need an broader solution when it comes to email and project management. No need to push out a host of LPM software for this solo/small firm practitioner (concentrate on the research tools first).

When in law school in the US, I generally much preferred using Lexis (as opposed to Westlaw) for my legal research. This was especially true when it came to IP as they exclusively offer Nimmer on Copyright, though William Patry’s excellent (and recent) Patry on Copyright has gone a long way to bridge the gap for Westlaw. Of course now that I’m in the UK, a similar conflict exists with Copinger and Skone James (Westlaw) and Laddie, Prescott and Vitoria (Lexis).

But on the whole, when I moved to LLM studies in Scotland, I moved to the UK versions of both services, which I must say were pretty poor in comparison. With updated interfaces for both Lexis and Westlaw over the past two years, much has been improved, but I think that there is room for a lot of growth. I’d particularly like to see a service from LexisNexis in the UK similar to their LexisONE offering in the US for small firms with more practical pricing structures for those of us without an in-house law library and a huge legal publications budget.

For those interested, SOLO IP is trying to negotiate a pricing deal with LexisNexis and I heard rumour of free trials: enquire via the SOLO IP blog.

See also SOLO IP’s notes here.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Erwin Cortagerena 12.02.08 at 7:53 pm

Dear Hatcher.
I do not who told you the Global IP Law Service is just an accompaniment to sources of information like Kluwer Manual IP. But it is a big mistake.

Actually, the Global IP Law Service is much more complete and updated than Kluwer Manual IP or any other offers in the market, printed or online. It not only has more territories, more sections, more support, but also it has a collection of +2,7000 legal entries and texts.

We invite any current users of any other products to test side-by-side the Global IP Law Service. For more information about Global IP Law Service features, questions visit or just send us an email to

Erwin Cortagerena
Managing Director
Equerion Information Services Corp.
Global IP Law Service

Bruce Dullea 12.04.08 at 3:10 pm

For the sake of clarity, I would like to add a comment.

The statement made about GIPLS being an accompaniment was made in the realization that most IP attorneys currently subscribe to hard copy alternative sources. Even if this is the case, adding GIPLS would give them superior coverage and allow them to discontinue their hard copy alternatives as their word habits embrace the electronic product. Having said that, I also would like to add the following points which were covered during the presentation;

The Global IP Law Service is the most authoritative, comprehensive, and up-to-date source of legal IP information currently available. It aggregates essential information from over 230 countries, and includes trademarks, patents, utility models, industrial designs and domain names. The information is all translated into English, and contains the most current coverage of IP practice and proceedings, guidelines and legislation across the globe.

Although the competition provides coverage, GIPLS is superior and is designed as a sole source rather than an accompaniment to the current competitive offerings

Bruce Dullea
LexisNexis IP Sales Consultant

Jordan 12.09.08 at 4:57 pm

Bruce and Erwin – thanks for the comments, no doubt partially triggered by this blog’s unusually high ranking for “Global IP Law Service”. Erwin, Bruce has further elaborated on his comments at the Solo IP event, which should address your concerns and show that I didn’t misreport what was said.

This post of course isn’t a review of the service: It merely reports on the event. As such it doesn’t go into detail about the product (or comparing it to others), but given some interest in the topic I might try to do an actual review sometime in the new year.

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