Intellectual Property Librarians' Caucus



Formed in 1996, the PLL/SIS Intellectual Property Librarians' caucus is a community of librarians who support IP practices or have an interest in patent, trademark and copyright issues. Since its founding, the Intellectual Property (IP) group has provided education, collaboration and networking opportunities for AALL members, from the most experienced IP researcher to the newbie librarian.

With the emergence and consistent growth of IP as a focus for businesses and the law firms that support them, it remains vital for law firm librarians to stay in tune with the resources available to support those practices and to build a network of like-minded professionals who can share experiences and expertise. Law firm information professionals are not only tasked with managing the right combination of IP research resources for the firm, but also with arming our lawyers with knowledge of what may be used by clients, counsel and R&D departments. This delicate balance can only be maintained by leveraging our collective knowledge of the IP information landscape, by connecting and sharing with our peers.

To become a member of the IP Caucus send an email to the current Caucus Chair.

2014-2015 LEADERSHIP

Shannon Malcolm, Chair
Apple, Inc.

Diana Koppang, Chair-Elect
Senior Reference Librarian
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

Members At Large

Sarah Maudlin
Director of Library Services
Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP

Dawn Rohan
Research Librarian
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Dr. Alana Bevan
Information Resources Librarian
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

Zachary Kerns
Senior Research Services Librarian
Cooley LLP

Link to IP Caucus Community page (Login required)

2011-2014 WEBINARS

  • 6/19/2014:  Defining Patent Trolls – Truth or Fiction in Patent Litigation.  Webinar presented by Diana Koppang, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP; moderated by Sarah Mauldin, Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP.(
  • 2/20/2014: Resources for Researching & Tracking Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Filings (recording here and handout here). Webinar presented by Diana Koppang, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, moderated by Sarah Mauldin, Smith Gambrell & Russell, LLP.
  • 6/19/2013: Patent Research 101, part 2 (recording here and handout here).
  • 6/12/2013: Patent Research 101, part 1 (recording here and handout here).
  • 4/17/2013: Follow the Virtual Breadcrumbs: Tracking Elusive Trademark Infringers (recording here and handout here).
  • 6/19/2012: Patents 101: The Best of the Best Free Search Services (handout here).
  • 4/24/2012: Shift This!: A Paradigm for Integrating Law School & Law Firm Patent Research.
  • 3/06/2012: Searching ITC Material on EDIS.
  • 12/7/2011: International Trade Commission (ITC) Research - Tips from the Pros.


  • AALL July 2014: F5: IP Research for the Frugal Librarian: Tips for Supporting (Expected and Unexpected) IP Requests.  Speakers:  Joan Shear,   Boston College Law Library and Luci Barry, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; Moderator:  Eric Montes, McDermott Will & Emery LLP  Tuesday, July 15th 1-:15-11:30, HBCGG Room 006AB.
  • AALL July 2014: IP Caucus Business Meeting and Luncheon (sponsored by Thomson Reuters).  Monday, July 14th, 11:45-12:45 at the Marriott Riverwalk-Travis.

2008-2009 Annual Report | 2008-2009 Participation Recognition Report | Business Meeting Minutes, 2009 AALL Intellectual Property Committee | 2013 Annual Report | 2014 Annual Report


July 2014 - AALL Program IP Research for the Frugal Librarian: Tips for Supporting (Expected and Unexpected) IP Requests, (materials here) 107th Annual Meeting and Conference, San Antonio, TX.

July 2013 - AALL Program
Intellectual Property Basics: Resources to Support an IP Practice, (handout here) 106th Annual Meeting and Conference, Seattle, WA.

July 2012 - AALL Program Hot Topics in Copyright for Librarians: Locating Copyright Owners and Researching Orphan Works, (handout here) 105th Annual Meeting and Conference, Boston, MA.

July 2012 - AALL Program I Have a Patent Number- Now What?, (handout here) 105th Annual Meeting and Conference, Boston, MA.

July 2012 - AALL Program IP Vendor Panel & Reception, 105th Annual Meeting and Conference, Boston, MA.

July 2011 - AALL Program Searching for and Locating Scientific Literature: Finding a Needle in a Haystack, 104th Annual Meeting and Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

July 2011 - AALL Program Copyright Hell: Sites to Get You Out of the Inferno, 104th Annual Meeting and Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

July 2010 - AALL Program What's A Reasonable Royalty Rate? The What, Why & How of Patent and Technology Licensing Research , 103rd Annual Meeting and Conference, Denver, CO

July 2010 - AALL Program 60 IP Sites in 60 Minutes, 103rd Annual Meeting and Conference, Denver, CO

July 2009 - AALL Program What's in a Name, Trademark Searching, Services, & Domain Names, 102nd Annual Meeting and Conference, Washington, DC

July 2009 - AALL Program The Changing World of Information Access at the USPTO, 102nd Annual Meeting and Conference, Washington, DC

July 2008 - AALL Program (H-5) Patent Searching Demystified, 101st Annual Meeting and Conference, Portland, OR

July 2006 - AALL Program (H-3) 60 Intellectual Property Sites in 60 Minutes, 99th Annual Meeting and Conference, St. Louis MO

July 2005 - AALL Program (G1) So, Now You've Got an IP Practice, 98th Annual Meeting and Conference, San Antonio TX


IP Vendor Panel Review by Donna M. Fisher, Senniger Powers LLP

60 IP Sites in 60 Minutes by Betsy Chessler, Morrison & Foerster LLP

What's a Reasonable Royalty Rate? by Donna M. Fisher, Senniger Powers LLP

Domain Name Research Who Owns That URL?
by Rebecca Olson, Alston & Bird, Charlotte, NC

New Directions For Dialog
by Betsy Chessler, Morrison & Foerster, LLP, San Diego, CA

Document Delivery for IP Law � Unique Resources for a Unique Practice
by Amanda S. Merk, Fish & Richardson P.C., Boston, MA

Welcome To The Wonderful World Of IP
by Linda Jean Schneider, Drinker, Biddle & Reath, LLP, Philadelphia, PA

A Day In The Life Of An IP Librarian
by Hope Porter, Merchant & Gould, Minneapolis, MN

IP Blogs: Pocket Parts For A Digital Age
by Robert J. Ambrogi, Rockport, MA

The IP Librarians Web Favorites
by Jennifer C. Groh and Clifford Hoffman, Morgan & Finnegan LLP, New York, NY



  1. Search Firms
  2. Document Suppliers for References/Articles
  3. Global Translation Services

PIUG 2009 NE Conference Report

A Design Patent Bibliography Compiled by Don Boman of Kenyon & Kenyon - July, 2007


EPO Virtual Helpdesk
Collected resources related to Asian patent collections, including China, Taiwan, India, Japan, and Korea.

A wiki offering reports on patent search systems, comparison tables, best practices articles, and a global coverage map with links to national patent offices

A well known patent law blog

The Patent Information Users Group wiki contains patent information retrieval questions and answers

This website offers an IP news portal and a federated search engine with links to national patent office websites for many countries

Directory to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)'s assorted IP databases



International Trademark Association

Trademark Resources from Cornell Law

Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market




DPS Files

Landon IP

Thomson Reuters (was Micropatent) ;



Tempus IP


The Intellectual Property Caucus was organized in 1996 as result of informal Dutch-treat luncheons Lucy Curci-Gonzalez (then of Morgan & Finnegan in New York, now of Kenyon & Kenyon LLP) and Virginia “Ginny” McNitt (now retired from Finnegan Henderson in Washington) started organizing on their own by word of mouth at the AALL’s Annual Meetings in the early 1990s. By the late 1990s the group was more formalized and began proposing programming for the AALL. At about that time, Dialog (under the direction of their now deceased marketing manager Deb Collins), began sponsoring the group’s formal luncheon, held on the Monday or Tuesday of the annual meeting. It was Deb who dubbed Lucy, Ginny, and Mary Gilligan (then of the now defunct Pennie & Edmonds and now with Jones Day in New York) the “mothers of invention” for founding the group.