Wednesday, 3 March 2004


I got a two emails after my last post, both asking how to make Proxomitron do what I described. If two people cared enough to write, then a few more must be suffering in silence — so here is the answer.

I am not going to rewrite the Proxomitron help files, which are already excellent. I will, however, give you some entries in my URL Alias List that will help you get started with looking up legal citations. Basically, the entries have to be in this format:

dotstring\1/ & $JUMP(url)
…where "dotstring" is the character string you want to trigger the alias and "url" is the url you want to visit. In this example, \1 will take whatever "extra" text you type and plug it into the URL at the appropriate place.

Here are some of my entries to get you started:

  • 37cfr\1/ & $JUMP(\1.htm)
  • calciv\1/ & $JUMP(\1)
  • calev\1/ & $JUMP(\1)
  • frcp\1/ & $JUMP(\1.htm)
  • patnum\1/ & $JUMP(\1.WKU.&OS=PN/\1&RS=PN/\1)

In the first example, typing .37cfr1.56 into your browser's address bar would bring up 37 C.F.R. § 1.56, which is PTO Rule 56, requiring inventors to disclose information to the Examiner during patent prosecution. If you replace "1.56" with another section number, you would get that other section number. For example, typing 37cfr1.660 will get you 37 C.F.R. § 1.660, which requires patentees to give notice to the PTO in some cases where patents are challenged.

My recent favorite (one that would benefit any young IP litigator) is the patnum entry. Use this with any patent number (with or without commas, it makes no difference), and you will go instantly to the U.S. patent bearing that number. My new favorite patent is No. 5,920,923, invented by Penn Jillette, of Penn & Teller fame.

For posterity, the other entries listed above will give you (in order): sections of the California Civil Code, sections of the California Evidence Code, and Rules of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

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