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David Brown, president of Thomson Reuters IP Solutions, took a few moments out on his recent trip to Beijing to share his thoughts on global growth in the patent and trademark industry.

In this podcast, he discusses how law firms are capitalising on these growth opportunities, especially in China and Korea, to develop new clients and retain market share, and how Thomson Reuters is supporting their patent research needs through the new combined offering of Westlaw Patents + Thomson Innovation.

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We have added a ratings feature to each item we post on the Westlaw HK Blog.  Tell us how useful or interesting the information was so we know what you think and can provide more of the best bits and less of the rest.

New Star Ratings

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Westlaw HK has enhanced the Hong Kong Case Law service to facilitate a quicker understanding of the case precedents cited in a judgment.

From 23 December 2009, all new unreported judgments will include a new list of ‘Cases Cited in the Judgment’ above the judgment.  This mirrors the way the cited cases are presented in The Authorised Hong Kong Law Reports & Digest, and provides a familiar and quick reference tool for Westlaw HK users.

Westlaw HK Cases Cited List

Westlaw HK Cases Cited List


Where the judgment refers to a case from The Authorised Hong Kong Law Reports & Digest service or The Authorised Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal Reports, Westlaw HK will provide a link to the case, ensuring you get fast access to the most authoritative cases.

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In order for an invention to be patentable, it must be novel, nonobvious, and useful.  To help the practitioner make these determinations, the Patent Practitioner Tab offers several resources, including full-text patent databases, KeyCite and many others.  

Patent Practitioner Tab

Search using United States Patent Materials-All database

Searching Full-Text Patents  

Select the database U.S. Patents and Assignments database under Prior Art category.  Then enter your inquiry, e.g., bevel! /s dilation /s catheter and click “Search”.  

Patent Result

Document retrieved in US-PAT-ALL search

While viewing the patent document, you can easily access history and citing references for the patent in KeyCite by clicking the appropriate links on the Links tab.  Also, you can display the full original patent, including drawings in PDF by clicking Full Original Patent on the Links tab.  Within the document, links in the References Cited section allow the user to view references cited in the patent itself.  

To find out more about Westlaw’s Patent Practitioner, feel free to contact us at   

We are pleased to announce the addition of two further full text journals to Westlaw.

The Medico Legal Journal of Ireland

Published by Thomson Roundhall, this journal is now available for you to view in full text. The aim and scope of this journal is to inform professionals of current legal and ethical issues related to patient care and also provides an academic and scientific forum for practitioners and academics to debate medico-legal issues of importance to individuals and society as a whole.

This journal covers the diverse areas where medicine and law meet. This specialty otherwise known as Forensic Medicine or medical jurisprudence includes:

  • Medical Law & Legal Medicine
  • Forensic Science
  • Medical Ethics
  • Road Traffic Law
  • Clinical Forensic Science
  • Prescribing Law
  • Thanatology
  • Toxicology
  • Forensic Pathology
  • Healthcare Legislation

Topics of interest which are covered by the Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland include: patient consent and confidentiality, professional negligence, mental health law, reproductive Medicine, child abuse, DNA profiling, forensic wounds, coroners inquests and drug abuse.

Coverage on Westlaw begins in 1995.


The European Lawyer

This journal, published by Polyview Media Ltd, is also now available for you to view. Europe’s foremost monthly legal journal is for and about the business of law and the decision-makers who influence and shape the profession.

The European Lawyer provides the international legal profession with an important platform to voice opinion on a broad range of issues affecting the expansion and integration of the European single market and its relationship with global markets.

Coverage on Westlaw UK begins in 2000

These journals are both available in the UK Primary Law subscription which is available as an add-on to the core Westlaw HK subscription

We are delighted to announce the addition of three further journals to Westlaw.

The first, The Journal of Housing Law, published by Sweet & Maxwell, is now available. Designed to provide regularly updated coverage of housing law issues in England and Wales, the journal includes:

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