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LegalForms for Libraries

posted: , by Sonya Durney
tags: Online Services | Adults | Business | Government
legalforms

 

Library patrons have access to (from home or in the Library) thousands of legal forms with more forms: Official, State Specific, Federal, Business, Personal, Real Estate and General forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues. Stop by the Library and ask a librarian to show you how or check out this 3 minute video tutorial.

Where do the forms come from?

Forms available on Gale LegalForms include forms drafted by attorneys for a particular legal matter, forms from public records and participating companies and attorneys. “Official” forms for many states are also included.

What Forms are available?

The legal forms available on Gale LegalForms include business, personal, litigation and federal forms.

General Business Forms are forms, which may be used in all 50 states with little modification.

General Litigation Forms are various litigation forms covering many diverse causes of action. These forms are easily modified by Attorneys to apply in their state.

Maine Specific Forms are forms provided by Participating Attorneys, form companies, or forms specifically adapted to a particular state.

Federal Forms are business and litigation forms used in the Federal system.

Users should consult an attorney for serious legal matters.


Patents on Your Mind?

posted: , by Sonya Durney
tags: Recommended Reads | Adults | Business | Government

On March 16, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)  is changing the patent system;  switching from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file standard. The change intends to simplify the process and to bring the U.S.  in line with global standards.

According to Mainebiz, “has some Maine companies and inventors scrambling to file under the current system, which patent law authorities in the state say is a more forgiving process.” To learn more about the upcoming changes and how Mainer’s are reacting, read this article from Mainebiz. 

In other breaking patent news, if you are interested in how long a patent lasts, the USPTO  has recently introduced a downloadable patent term calculator (beta version) as a resource to help the public estimate the expiration date of a patent.

Interested in more on patents? Check out some of these great books available at PPL:

man who invented

The man who invented the computer : the biography of John Atanasoff, digital pioneer by Jane Smiley

the knockoff economy

The knockoff economy : how imitation sparks innovation by Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman

complete guide

Your complete guide to making millions with your simple idea or invention : insider secrets you need to know by Janessa Castle

the inventors bible

The inventor’s bible : how to market and license your brilliant ideas by Ronald Louis Docie, Sr.

telephone

The telephone gambit : chasing Alexander Graham Bell’s secret / Seth Shulman

 

the art

The art of invention : the creative process of discovery and design b


The New Business Gateway

posted: , by Sonya Durney
tags: Online Services | Adults | Business

PPL’s  Business and Government Team would like to introduce the new  Business Gateway  (also linked from PPL’s homepage).

New additions to this page include:

  • LegalForms (Thousands of legal forms;Official, State Specific, Federal, Business, Personal, Real Estate and General forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues)
  • DemographicsNow – Featuring  Demographics – Access a demographic report on any geography – or compare multiple geographies – for information including income, housing, race, age, education, retail spending, consumer expenditures, businesses and more.  Maps – Access the maps tab to view a simple map or use the advanced mapping tools for thematic coloring or additional customization of your maps. And 2010 Census Information – Access the 2010 census files as they are released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Look here to for easy access to other data files in the future.
  • Small Business Resource Center – small business management resources via a combination of periodicals and reference content. Includes business plan samples from the Business Plans Handbook
  • Business Insights Global (which all Marvel libraries will migrate to in late July from Business Company Resource Center).

All the familiar resources are still here, e.g. ReferenceUSA, ValueLine, Business Source Complete and Morningstar Investment Research Center.  Also, the “FURTHER RESOURCES’  links on the right hand side of the page will take users to the “old” business research page – should there be any links  you are accustomed to using.

Questions? Comments? Contact Sonya Durney at durney@portland.lib.me.us

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