Issue 216 | June 17, 2004
Blogging for Expertise

Unlike general practice firms, APLF member firms do nothing but provide their clients with cutting-edge intellectual property counseling and services. As part of that commitment to excellence, two of our attorneys now offer free "blogs" with the latest news and information in this rapidly evolving field. If you have not seen them already, then check out

"I/P Updates" at http://billheinze.blogspot.com
News and information for sophisticated intellectual property practitioners, courtesy of William F. Heinze at Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley, L.L.P. in Atlanta.

"Patent Obvious" at http://patentlaw.typepad.com/
A patent law resource by Dennis Crouch at McDonnell, Boehnen, Hulbert, & Berghoff, LLP in Chicago.

What is a Blog?

According to Wikipedia, the term "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger in December 1997 to describe frequently "updated sites that point to articles elsewhere on the web, often with comments, and to on-site articles." The shorter version, "blog," first appeared in 1999 when Peter Merholz broke the word "weblog" into "wee' blog" in the sidebar of his site. The word was later popularized by Pyra's creation of the Blogger weblog service and, in 2002, earned a draft definition in the Oxford English Dictionary.

Most blogs are now in "web syndication" so that periodic "feeds" are available by e-mail with a list of the latest content additions. The feeds come in RSS or Atom formats, and subscribers use "feed reader" applications or services to monitor new postings. Most syndicated blogs will also have links several free feed reader services, such as Bloglet, Bloglines, or My Yahoo! (beta).

For more information on blogging for legal expertise, check out

"Blawg" at http://www.blawg.org/index.php
Categorized directory of blogs that are focused on the law or legal-related professions.

"Law Sites" at http://www.legaline.com/lawsites.html
Tracking new and intriguing Web sites for lawyers by Robert J. Ambrogi.

"Jaffe Legal News Service" at http://www.jlns.com/
Weekly media tipsheet with Top Stories, Practice Specific News, Law Firm News, and Articles for Publication.

And, for information on joining the intellectual property experts in the Association of Patent Law Firms, contact aplfadmin@aplf.org.

The information contained in this email is provided for informational purposes only and does not represent legal advice. Neither the APLF nor the author intends to create an attorney client relationship by providing this information to you through this message.

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