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Clarivate Analytics renames Thomson Innovation as Derwent Innovation
- 24 May 2017

Clarivate Analytics has announced that the new name for its search and analytics platform, Thomson Innovation, will be Derwent Innovation. The announcement was made at the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG) Annual meeting in Atlanta. The name change supports the company's broader patent and IP commitment and its expertise in driving innovation, while paying homage to Derwent's 50-year + heritage of analyzing quality patent information.

For over 50 years Derwent has been the leader in patent-smart technology, content and applications. The new name reflects the Derwent World Patents Index heritage of accurate, precisely-indexed and enhanced patent data.

As a newly-independent company, Clarivate Analytics is accelerating investment in technology, analytics and content, enabling agility in customer problem-solving. Derwent Innovation is no exception. As part of the July 2017 release of Derwent Innovation, the company is releasing accurate legal status (e.g. dead / alive status, expiration date) and ownership across millions of patents by applying innovative artificial intelligence to Derwent's enhanced patent data.

Consider that the average patent is thought to be in effect for 20 years, when factoring in term extensions being issued at a rate of 54%, the difficulty of determining a patent's status increases dramatically. Additional variables can further complicate the process. Derwent Innovation's latest features make it easier to determine if a patent is still in force and when it will expire.

The new name is effective immediately, and will be implemented across the company's products and services throughout this calendar year and into 2018.

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Australia’s Macquarie University advances its innovation agenda with IP and patent solutions from Clarivate Analytics
- 19 Dec 2016

Macquarie University, one of Australia's leading public research universities, is boosting its innovation efforts by making global patent information and intellectual property (IP) analysis tools available to all students, researchers and academics utilizing flagship solutions from Clarivate Analytics. The university-wide access to these tools supports Macquarie University's innovation agenda by enabling everyone to perform IP analysis and make more accurate and informed decisions about collaborations with industries domestically and internationally.

Thomson Innovation enables university researchers and students access to the world's most comprehensive international patent collection and technical literature, enabling them to shape research output and drive innovation. The platform enables a university to identify industry partners and collaborators, identify opportunities for domestic and international cross-university collaboration, prepare work ready students with industry leading tools while quantifying the impact of university research output into the literature cited in patents.

Using Thomson Innovation, Macquarie University can access the Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI) and Derwent Patent Citation Index (DPCI). DWPI has been classified and indexed by more than 900 chemistry, engineering, life-science and electronics specialists, with expertly indexed patent data featuring enhanced titles and comprehensive abstracts in English, including BRIC countries, Europe and Latin America. The Research Office gains access to the DPCI making it possible to distinguish between citations made by an applicant versus citations made by an examiner for both patents and literature.

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Chemical Abstracts Service and FIZ Karlsruhe announce latest release of new STN platform
- 10 Feb 2015

Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) and FIZ Karlsruhe have announced the latest release of the new STN platform, a web-based search solution offering essential, value-added content in an intuitive, powerful interface designed for professional IP searching. New databases deliver highly anticipated content, including premier biomedical databases BIOSIS®, MEDLINE® and Embase™, complementary life science databases CABA and FSTA, and full-text databases that expand global patent portfolio coverage beyond what is available on the classic STN platform.

The latest release also includes new features and interface refinements that enhance efficiency and usability. Additional thesauri, including the Embase Emtree Thesaurus and MeSH Medical Subject Headings in MEDLINE, enable discovery of search terms and synonyms for even more comprehensive retrieval. Highly requested hit chemical structure displays and CAS Registry Number® highlighting speeds answer review by indicating the relevant chemical entities in CAplus search results. In addition, INPADOC enhancements, including new family displays, increase users' ability to leverage global patent content to answer business-critical questions.

New STN delivers the high-quality content, search power and precision needed to understand and protect intellectual property in today's global economy. As searchers increasingly adopt the new platform, they have expressed appreciation for the enhanced search power, intuitive chemical structure search capabilities, and unique features, such as Extended Patent Family Tables, that enable them to search in ways that had not previously been possible. Users also praise the project-oriented workflow and intuitive interface that enhance their efficiency by integrating real-time analysis with query development and answer set review.

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LexisNexis Risk Solutions expands healthcare solutions for the life sciences marketplace
- 02 Jul 2014

LexisNexis Risk Solutions has expanded its healthcare solutions for the life sciences marketplace. The company will leverage its leading, healthcare provider and claims databases to improve effectiveness and efficiencies, resulting in reduced costs, competitive advantage and greater identity transparency for life sciences organisations.

LexisNexis estimates more than one-third of crucial provider information changes every year based on internal analysis of data. Between demographic changes and data entry errors, approximately 40 percent of the customer files for a typical life science company have missing or inaccurate information. Incorrect or outdated medical provider data is a serious problem and has significant impact on regulatory compliance reporting, sales, marketing optimisation and account management. More daunting is that upwards of 30–50 percent of the customer files are duplicated across internal databases, making it difficult to join together.

By leveraging its suite of data management solutions, LexisNexis can deliver data on over 6.5 million healthcare providers in the US, helping life sciences companies align their sales and marketing strategies by identifying the right providers to target. Accurate provider and claims data also enables health sciences organisations to achieve compliance of federal and state laws and regulations such as the Physician Payments Sunshine Act and the Prescription Drug Marketing Act (PDMA) of 1987.

LexisNexis enhances the data management efforts and enables pharmaceutical company and medical device manufacturer customers to implement best practice Master Data Management such as integration, cleansing, and 'golden record' creation; conduct targeted marketing via comprehensive transactional data sources, accurate provider profiles, organisational hierarchies and HCP to HCO account affiliation; and support compliance efforts related to provider data – such as the Sunshine Act, PDMA, and others.

In addition, LexisNexis solutions proactively address cost-containment issues by leveraging data and technology that enables healthcare payers and providers to manage provider files more efficiently and gain greater transparency into the identity and claims patterns of each provider. Advanced detection capabilities help health customers reduce fraud, waste and abuse by better assessing the risk associated with provider identities and quickly identifying hidden, complex and collusive activities.

In less than two years, LexisNexis has expanded its healthcare portfolio by acquiring Enclarity, an industry-leading healthcare provider data and information solutions company in September 2013; MEDai, a clinical-analytics-focused business, in July 2013; and EDIWatch, a provider of fraud, waste and abuse technology solutions, in the fall of 2012.

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Bloomberg BNA announces new edition of Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Laws
- 23 Jul 2013

Bloomberg BNA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bloomberg, has published the June 2013 Edition to Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Laws, which contains all the changes enacted into law through May 1, 2013. The latest edition fully integrates the provisions of the Act into the U.S. Code sections of this book, providing helpful visual guides that will aid practitioners in understanding the law and when provisions will go into effect.

The myriad provisions contained in the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), which was signed into law in September 2011, will have profound effects on attorneys and inventors for years to come. Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Laws, June 2013 Edition, with CD-ROM, fully integrates into Title 35 the many important changes to U.S. patent law set forth in the Act, including those effective March 16, 2013, such as changes to provisions implementing the 'first-inventor-to-file' system. The June 2013 Edition also incorporates the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013, and the new patent fee schedule effective March 19, 2013.

Most importantly, the June 2013 Edition covers technical corrections to the AIA and significant laws enacted by the 112th Congress, which ended January 3, 2013. These include the Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act of 2012 and the Foreign and Economic Espionage Penalty Enforcement Act of 2012. This edition has the entire text of United States Code Titles 35 (Patents) and 17 (Copyrights), and Chapters 22 and 63 of Title 15 (Trademarks and Technology Innovation). Sections of the Code and treaties relating to intellectual property also are provided.

The June 2013 Edition has an updated CD-ROM with the entire text of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, plus the full text of the book, allowing for quick and easy searching. To aid with research, the CD ROM provides an easy-to-use chart showing all of the patent law revisions contained in the Act, with effective dates, and a full legislative history.

Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Laws, June 2013 Edition, is edited by Jeffrey M. Samuels, who is the David L. Brennan Professor of Law and the Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology at The University of Akron School of Law, Akron, OH. This handbook is available for sale directly from Bloomberg BNA and also will be available on the Bloomberg Law legal research system.

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Assessing library value explored at ACRL Conference 2013
- 23 Jul 2013

Several papers and posters on library value assessment were presented at the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference in Indianapolis this spring, as noted in the ACRL Value of Academic Libraries blog.

In 'Demonstrating Value through Assessment and Surveys,' Terri Fishel discusses a poster about data collected from more than 80,000 faculty, staff, and students over eight years by the Measuring Information Services Outcomes (MISO) survey. MISO is a web-based survey that measures frequency and value of use for both library and IT services.

Melissa Bowles-Terry highlights three papers in 'More Value Research from the 2013 ACRL Conference.' These include: "Academic and Public Library Collaboration: Increasing Value by Sharing Space, Collections, and Services," by Daniel Overfield and Coleen Roy; "Answering 'How' and 'Why' Questions of Library Impact on Undergraduate Student Learning," by Derek Rodriguez; and "Choosing and Using Assessment Management Systems: What Librarians Need to Know," by Megan Oakleaf, Jackie Belanger, and Carlie Graham.

The 2013 ACRL Conference proceedings are currently available online at http://www.ala.org/acrl/acrl/conferences/2013/papers.

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Thomson Reuters CompuMark unveils Trademark Analysis for iPad
- 23 Jul 2013

Trademark searching and brand protection solutions provider Thomson Reuters CompuMark has announced the launch of Trademark Analysis, a software application (app) for the iPad. Trademark Analysis allows Thomson Reuters CompuMark SERION users to easily review, analyse, annotate and share Full Trademark Report search results from their iPads.

The new Trademark Analysis app for iPad offers users the flexibility to continue the trademark research process away from their desks, helping increase productivity and expediting trademark decision making. The app allows users to automatically synchronize their iPads with the SERION Analysis Tool to download Full Trademark Reports, comprehensive documents that identify the availability of an intended trademark for use and registration.

At their leisure and without any Wi-Fi connection needed, trademark professionals can now review, analyse and make annotations to the search results. Once users complete their work, synchronization with the SERION Analysis Tool ensures the work is saved and available for later viewing. Clients also have the option to easily share their completed, annotated work via email, keeping the decision-making process moving.

Trademark Watching is being added to the Trademark Analysis app for the iPad later this month. Trademark Watching Services monitor trademark applications and publications and notify brand owners when potentially conflicting marks are identified. Clients will also have the ability to review, analyze, annotate and share the results compiled in Watch reports.

With more than 40 years of trademark search, clearance and watch experience, Thomson Reuters CompuMark protects nearly all of the world's top brands and is used by leading trademark law firms around the globe.

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Springer and CAPES in deal to provide over 400 institutions in Brazil with access to Springer content
- 23 Jul 2013

STM publisher Springer and the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) in Brazil have entered into a new five-year agreement. The deal provides students, researchers and professionals at more than 400 institutions access to Springer's content. CAPES is made up of both academic and government institutions, and Springer has been a partner of the government consortium since 2007.

The new deal encompasses Springer's entire online English-language journal collection, the complete Online Journals Archive (OJA) and the zbMATH database. Through this agreement, CAPES members will now have full access to all online journal titles, all subject collections in the OJA and the more than three million entries in zbMATH.

Founded in 1951, CAPES assists the Brazilian Ministry of Education in the formulation of national policies related to postgraduate study. Through CAPES, the Brazilian government provides beneficial services to the country's academic and educational community, promoting imaginative programs both at home and abroad, and enabling the exchange of scientific and technological knowledge and skills.

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office launches Global Patent Search Network
- 15 Jul 2013

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently launched the Global Patent Search Network, a free service that will eventually provide translations of patents granted in multiple countries and languages. The agency hopes to make patent research easier and more comprehensive with this move.

The Global Patent Search Network recently came online and immediately began providing Chinese patent documentation for search and retrieval - both full-text Chinese patents and English machine translations. According to PTO Acting Director Teresa Stanek Rea, users can search documents including published applications, granted patents and utility modes from 2008 to 2011 in this collection, which will periodically be updated with more current data.

The PTO says the new search tool offers an additional source of foreign patent collections to the public and to the agency's patent examiners. The immediate availability of English machine translations, even though imperfect and sometimes awkward, will allow for quick analysis of the relevancy of the prior art while reducing the need for costly human translations.

The PTO is soliciting suggestions from the public to help it identify future enhancements to the Global Patent Search Network. Ideas should be sent to GPSN@uspto.gov.

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STN partners, FIZ Karlsruhe and CAS launch Version One of new STN platform
- 03 Jul 2013

The STN partners, FIZ Karlsruhe and Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) have announced the launch of Version One of the new STN platform. Users from hundreds of organisations worldwide explored Version One during the half year of beta testing, providing valuable feedback. Their feedback confirms that the new STN platform design, project-oriented workflow, search power, precision, and speed meet professional searchers' exacting demands and exceed their expectations.

The broad release of Version One of the new platform extends the benefits of this new technology to all organisations using STN under fixed fee programs. Version One is the first step toward a modern and powerful new STN system.

Version One of the new STN platform delivers core STN content including the complete CAS REGISTRY and CAplus content along with Thomson Reuters' Derwent World Patents Index (DWPISM), including the Derwent Chemistry Resource (DCR). Proprietary search technology offers new features that allow for STN's unique content offering to be explored in new ways.

With its advanced design, STN's intuitive user interface is oriented toward the work processes of patent specialists. Users can manage their search strategies and results in dedicated 'projects,' which enable search professionals to organize and efficiently work on numerous projects concurrently. Specific emphasis has been placed on workflow. The user interface has been designed to show search query, history, and results at a glance while highlighting the most relevant answer sets. The greatly increased search capacity allows for completely new approaches to searching and results evaluation.

Robert Massie, President of CAS noted that users will be supported on both current and new STN platforms, with access on the new system provided initially to fixed fee customers. Access will be extended to transactional customers in 2014. He also confirmed that the STN partners will continue to fully support and enhance the classic STN platform during the transition period.

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Thomson Innovation enhances intellectual property research, includes full-text patent coverage from Australia
- 18 Jun 2013

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced the addition of full-text patent records from the patent office of IP Australia to Thomson Innovation, a patent intelligence and collaboration platform.

Thomson Innovation now includes full-text Australian innovation (petty) patents and granted patents, as well as applications, allowing IP professionals to make more informed filing decisions, identify potential partners and monitor the innovation landscape ‘Down Under.’ The editorially enhanced content in Derwent World Patents Index (DWPISM) and its integration with Thomson Innovation offers a single platform to easily search patent records from Australia, alongside those from Japan, Korea and China (in English).

The addition of Australian content expands Thomson Innovation’s coverage beyond the recently added English-translated patent records from Vietnam and Thailand, as well as Malaysian full-text patents. Thomson Reuters will continue to grow patent coverage in 2013 with future additions.

Thomson Innovation claims to be the only patent research platform that enables users to search global patents, scientific literature, and business and news information from a single source. Coupled with Derwent World Patents Index, Thomson Innovation includes English-language abstracts and titles, making it easier for researchers to quickly find the information they need to make informed decisions.

Thomson Reuters releases annual analysis of global patent trends
- 28 Mar 2013

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has released its annual analysis of global patent trends in its fourth-annual State of Innovation report. This publication tracks patent activity across 12 key technology areas using the Thomson Reuters Derwent World Patents Index (DWPISM) database.

Findings from the report indicate that the largest increase in patent activity over the prior period was in the medical device technology area, which grew by 15.7 percent, a reinforcement of the importance of these inventions in addressing health issues of the world's exploding population. The sub-categories under the technology area of Food, Tobacco & Beverage Fermentation saw the largest sub-sector increases across all areas. Tobacco-related innovation sparked up 58 percent and sugar-related inventions were sweetened 56 percent, as manufacturers of these goods seek alternative pathways to profit.

Japan had the greatest representation amongst the top 10 assignees in the Asia Pacific region. China, despite being the world leader in overall patent filing volume, holds 27 of the top 120 assignee slots, whereas Japan has 67 of them.

Further, the report notes that the technology area with the largest overall volume continues to be Computers & Peripherals, for the fourth consecutive year, with a volume of 232,549 filings in 2012. Within this area, the sub-category of Computers inched ahead 3 percent (to a total of 201,608 filings), whereas scanners experienced a 34 percent decline over the prior period, as this technology becomes more obsolete.

The data in this report were compiled using the Thomson Reuters DWPI database to aggregate granted patents and published applications (examined and unexamined) from January 1 through December 12, 2012.

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Thomson Innovation adds patent records from Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand
- 15 Mar 2013

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced the addition of English-translated patent records from Vietnam and Thailand, as well as Malaysian full-text patents, to Thomson Innovation, its patent intelligence and collaboration platform.

The addition of these patent documents is seen to enable IP professionals to better understand the state of prior art in Southeast Asia, make more informed filing decisions, and identify potential partners. This is all reportedly possible through the editorially enhanced content in Derwent World Patents Index (DWPISM) and its integration with Thomson Innovation to provide a single platform for easily searching patents from the newly added authorities alongside Japanese, Korean and Chinese records (in English) and scientific literature.

The addition of content from Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand is the first of three planned content sets to be added to Thomson Innovation this year. Thomson Reuters plans even more expanded patent coverage in 2013, including other emerging markets in Southeast Asia. Many patent databases are available exclusively through Derwent World Patents Index.

Thomson Innovation enables users to search Asian patent data (in English) alongside global patents, scientific literature, and business and news information. Coupled with Derwent World Patents Index, a collection of editorially enhanced patent records from 50 global issuing authorities, it includes English-language abstracts and titles, making it easier for researchers to quickly find the information they need to make informed decisions.

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DWPI anniversary marks addition of 50th data source
- 12 Mar 2013

The Intellectual Property (IP) & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced the 50th anniversary of Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI), its flagship, proprietary database that is the world's most trusted source of patent information. This announcement marks the start of a year long celebration in honour of DWPI, as well as the inclusion of the 50th data source in DWPI: Indonesia. On this milestone anniversary, DWPI continues to provide professionals with authoritative, editorially enhanced patent data from 48 worldwide patent authorities and two literature sources.

The Thomson Reuters DWPI database enables professionals to more easily research and understand the world's innovations through editorially curated, English-language abstracting and indexing of patent documents. Today, DWPI covers more than 23 million inventions (basic records/patent families) detailed in over 50 million patent documents and is used by more than 40 patent offices worldwide.

DWPI's reliable and enhanced patent data contains many key features that distinguish it as the most trusted source of patent research information available. Patent records contain descriptive titles, abstracts summarising an invention's novelty using industry terminology, and corrections to important bibliographic information, including misspelled assignee and inventor names, erroneous priority data, missing classification codes and more. An expertly trained staff of several hundred editors applies over 5,000 rules to normalise, standardise, correct and enhance patent records resulting in approximately 6,000 corrections each week.

DWPI also features unique coding and indexing systems that are intellectually and consistently applied across all patent authorities and technologies allowing for precise, relevant and accurate retrieval of information. The intensive editorial process and quality checks result in authoritative and accurate patent data giving users insights that might otherwise be missed.

Derwent World Patents Index provides a complete view of activity in emerging and growing markets with global patent coverage in English, including the Asia-Pacific region. The country coverage was recently enhanced with the inclusion of records published by the Indonesian patent office. The latest addition brings the coverage in DWPI to 50, further extending the global footprint of its editorially enhanced content. The new Indonesian coverage includes all patent applications and short-term patents published from January 2011 to present.

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Version One of new STN available in beta for fixed fee customers
- 14 Dec 2012

The STN partners - Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) and FIZ Karlsruhe - have announced that Version One of the new STN platform is now available in beta for fixed fee customers. This is stated to be the first major milestone in a multi-year initiative to create the next generation of STN, which is aimed at patent experts. Version One of the redesigned STN seeks to introduce project-oriented workflow, improved usability and "no limits" search architecture for expert as well as novice professional searchers.

The focus of the first version has been on developing the core search and retrieval system for the new STN. It is said to combine the complete CAS Registry and Chemical Abstracts content along with Thomson Reuters' Derwent World Patents Index and powerful new search features to support preliminary searches in key areas. These include chemistry and general technology research; intellectual property, such as basic novelty and prior art; due diligence; and first pass freedom to operate.

A new approach for STN is to allow organisation of work in projects for easy management of search queries and results. New technologies are designed to process broad and complex searches with industry-leading performance. This is seen to be vital for patent searchers to keep pace with the continued increase of disclosed research and patent information from around the world.

The new workflow is projected to integrate the power of command line with an intuitive user interaction that enables professionals to leverage their expertise and realise instantaneous results. For the first time, text and structures can be combined in a single query to simplify searching for chemical information.

The STN partners will incorporate additional content and functionality in the new architecture with ongoing versions. Full text patent content will be added throughout 2013.

The STN Advisory Council members have been assisting in this large development effort, and confirm that CAS and FIZ Karlsruhe are building a state-of-the-art product for professionals. The current STN system, including STN Express and the other STN products, will continue to be available and fully supported throughout the development of the new platform.

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Thomson Reuters announces addition of 21 million more scientific journal articles in Thomson Innovation
- 18 Oct 2012

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced the addition of 21 million more scientific journal articles in Thomson Innovation, making it the undisputed platform leader for IP intelligence and collaboration.

Access to patent content, scientific journals, conference proceedings, business data and news information are critical in the quest to determine if an idea is unique and has potential for further development. The latest Thomson Innovation enhancements make this quest much easier and more complete, integrating a deeper scientific literature back file and access to full text of journal articles within one, unified platform.

Users can now opt to access the entire Web of Science backfile from within Thomson Innovation, with coverage from 1898, or select entitlements grouped by date range – and links are available to order the full text of the records or connect to internal holdings and Open Access Publications. Also available are funding acknowledgement data to track funding sources or monitor a competitor's R&D, the ability to track literature citations to see who cited key scientific research and how the research was used, and a tenfold increase in the number of journal articles that can be analysed in landscape maps, charts and text clusters.

The latest enhancements and content additions to Thomson Innovation are available at http://thomsoninnovation.com.

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Thomson Reuters to launch 136 databases of searchable trademark data
- 08 May 2012

Thomson CompuMark, the trademark searching and brand protection solutions business of Thomson Reuters Intellectual Property & Science, has announced plans to launch 136 new databases for its SAEGIS on SERION online trademark screening solution. The addition of this content is expected to make Thomson CompuMark the world’s largest provider of trademark screening data, covering 186 countries and registers. The company made the announcement at INTA, the International Trademark Association’s annual meeting.

Throughout the summer, Thomson CompuMark will strategically roll out data for important and emergent regions in Central and South America, Asia and the Middle East. Many databases are available exclusively through SAEGIS.

Subscriptions are said to offer the benefits of a clear, transparent and predictable annual cost, enhanced convenience, and the potential to achieve significant savings.

FIZ Karlsruhe's Inorganic Crystal Structure Database expands offer of evaluated records
- 25 Apr 2012

The Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD), which claims to be the world's largest database of fully determined inorganic crystal structures, now offers more than 150,000 evaluated records. The database is produced by FIZ Karlsruhe in Germany and the National Institute for Standards and Technology in the US.

Since mid-April, researchers and scientists have access to more than 150,000 records stored in ICSD. The ICSD data not only help optimise existing products and current production processes, but also provide information for the 'in silico' development of new, technologically relevant, materials like superconductors, ceramics, or nano-particles with specific, tailor-made properties. The evaluated data are projected as a valuable basis for quantitative and qualitative analysis in research and quality management. FIZ Karlsruhe seeks to strengthen the innovative power of materials research and contribute to the development of resource-efficient production processes and sustainable materials via this database.

For more than 30 years, ICSD has been assisting materials scientists, chemists, physicists, crystallographers, mineralogists and geologists in solving manifold problems in applied and basic research and in visualising basic topics for teaching purposes. The database is updated every six months with about 7,000 new records, which is said to ensure a high degree of topicality. In addition, about 4,000–6,000 records are reviewed and modified each year on the basis of the latest research findings.

FIZ Karlsruhe offers ICSD as an integrated package with search and analysis software for Windows-based systems and as web-based Internet and intranet solutions. ICSD offers various search options for crystallographic data and related information along with tools allowing for analysis and visualisation of the crystal structures. Of particular importance for the analysis of yet unknown compounds is the classification of the structures into structure types reflecting the relationships between the structures. The bibliographic data contained in ICSD allow for fast – in some cases direct – access to the original publications, for example, via link resolvers or via the full-text delivery service FIZ AutoDoc.

FIZ Karlsruhe offers Chinese patent information on STN
- 18 Apr 2012

FIZ Karlsruhe, Germany, is offering the Chinese full-text patent file CNFULL on online science and patent information service STN. This is projected to enable researchers and patent specialists to broaden their complex patent searches to Chinese patent full-texts in order to determine patentability, state of the art, infringement and licensing possibilities.

It has been observed that with China having grown into one of the world's major patenting countries, it is extremely important for all companies involved in R&D to keep an eye on the developments in Asia, and at the same time to protect their products and inventions in this region accordingly.

At present, the CNFULL file comprises over 4.5 million records and more than 3.8 million images from 1985 onwards. More than 10,000 new documents are added to the file each week. Each database record contains all documents published for one application. Online thesauri for the International Patent Classification (/IPC) and the European Patent Classification (/EPC) are searchable. Abstracts are initially machine translated and replaced three months later by human translated text; descriptions and claims are machine translated.

The Numeric Property Search feature, developed by FIZ Karlsruhe and already used in other full-text patent files on STN, is also available in CNFULL. It enables users to search the numeric values of over 30 physical and chemical properties in almost 400 unit variants within the full text of all documents and thus significantly enhances the search precision in many cases.

STN is jointly operated by FIZ Karlsruhe (Europe) and Chemical Abstracts Service (USA), and is represented in Japan by JAICI. CNFULL is seen as a valuable addition to STN's wide range of full-text patent databases from all over the world.

Thomson introduces intuitive user interface in IP intelligence platform
- 17 Feb 2012

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced certain enhancements to Thomson Innovation, its IP intelligence and collaboration platform. Based on customer feedback, the redesigned, intuitive user interface seeks to accelerate productivity by streamlining workflow and bringing the most important information forward, giving users greater control of their patent research experience.

According to Cynthia Murphy, Senior Vice President of Innovation & Asset Management for the IP Solutions business of Thomson Reuters, the vast majority of Thomson Innovation customers who took a 'sneak peek' of the new release agree that patent research is now much more efficient and uncomplicated.

IP professionals, researchers, attorneys and innovation professionals can now expect to have faster access to patent information with accelerated record paging in 'Quick View,' which features essential bibliographic information and larger patent drawings. The new feature lets users more effectively screen large amounts of patent data faster, while a 'Mark and Next' pagination allows them to quickly flag relevant records.

Additionally, numbered step functionality for key features such as search forms and exporting break complex tasks down into individual components that are easier to understand and perform. A centralised menu bar, more use of tabs, flexible font sizes and larger images of patent drawings are seen to offer a cleaner, more modern look for better organisation.

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Microsoft and Compal Electronics sign patent agreement
- 24 Oct 2011

Software vendor Microsoft Corp., US, and Compal Electronics, Inc. have signed a patent agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for Compal’s tablets, mobile phones, e-readers and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome Platform.

While the contents of the agreement have not been disclosed, the parties indicate that Microsoft will receive royalties from Compal under the agreement.

The patent agreement is another example of the important role IP plays in ensuring a healthy and vibrant IT ecosystem. Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing programme in December 2003, the company has entered into more than 700 licensing agreements and continues to develop programmes that make it possible for customers, partners and competitors to access its IP portfolio. The programme was developed to open access to Microsoft’s significant R&D investments and its growing, broad patent and IP portfolio.

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IP Solutions business of Thomson Reuters adds patent records from patent-issuing authorities of Hong Kong, Poland and GCC
- 15 Aug 2011

The IP Solutions business of Thomson Reuters has announced the addition of patent records from the patent-issuing authorities of Hong Kong, Poland and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to its Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI) database. GCC is a regional office registering patents from member states which include the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, State of Qatar, State of Bahrain, State of Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Sultanate of Oman.

The DWPI database is a comprehensive collection of editorially enhanced patent documents from 47 global issuing authorities and also includes English language abstracts and titles, making it easier for researchers to quickly find the information they need to make informed decisions regarding protected technologies in these key global markets.

New coverage in DWPI includes Hong Kong patent applications, granted patents and short term patents published from January 2011; Polish patent applications, granted patents and utility models published from January 2011; and GCC-granted patents published from 2004. Patent and literature citations are part of the Derwent Patents Citation Index, a companion file to DWPI.

The inclusion of these authorities in DWPI will improve the effectiveness of technology monitoring, prior art research, and freedom-to-operate searching through the English-language content and intellectually applied indexing for these new regions.

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Microsoft signs patent agreement with Wistron for Android tablets, smartphones and e-readers
- 06 Jul 2011

Software vendor Microsoft Corp., US, and Wistron Corp have executed a patent agreement. The deal provides broad coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for Wistron's tablets, mobile phones, e-readers and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome platform. Wistron Corp is an ODM (original design manufacturer) providing support services related to design, manufacturing, and after-sales service for information and communication technology (ICT) products.

Although the contents of the agreement have not been disclosed, the parties indicate that Microsoft will receive royalties from Wistron under the agreement.

The patent agreement is another example of the important role intellectual property (IP) plays in ensuring a healthy and vibrant IT ecosystem. Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing programme in December 2003, the company has entered into more than 700 licensing agreements and continues to develop programmes that make it possible for customers, partners and competitors to access its IP portfolio. The programme was developed to open access to Microsoft's significant R&D investments and its growing, broad patent and IP portfolio.

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Thomson Reuters, ChemAxon strategic partnership to speed drug discovery for life science researchers
- 06 Jan 2011

The IP Solutions business of Thomson Reuters has announced a strategic partnership with ChemAxon, a provider of cheminformatics software development platforms and applications for the life sciences industry. Under the deal, Thomson Reuters will provide its chemical IP Data Feeds - Markush Structures and patent data to users of ChemAxon's JChem chemical software platform. It is expected that this search and analysis solution will speed drug discovery and allow life science researchers to easily integrate critical content into their existing systems and workflow.

The Markush structures from Thomson Reuters are part of the company's Derwent World Patents Index (DWPISM) database, claimed to be the world's most trusted and authoritative source of global patent information. The Markush database contains essential data on the relationship or 'families' of 550,000 patents, making it the world's leading source for life sciences patentability research, competitive intelligence and IP screening.

ChemAxon's JChem software allows life science professionals to structure and visualise chemical compounds for property prediction, virtual synthesis, screening and drug design. Through this partnership R&D end users can now research and analyse Markush structures using ChemAxon's JChem chemical software platform. The ability to quickly retrieve this information will now allow R&D end users to save time and capitalise on R&D investment.

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Thomson Reuters unveils Custom Fields functionality in IP research platform
- 23 Nov 2010

The Intellectual Property (IP) Solutions business of Thomson Reuters has announced the launch of the Custom Fields functionality in Thomson Innovation, its IP research and analysis platform. IP professionals, innovators, researchers, attorneys and patent portfolio managers can now expect to create custom fields in Thomson Innovation, allowing them to tag patent records with their own internal data. They can then search, analyse and report on relationships between enterprise-specific and global patent information. The results and analyses can also be shared with others to enhance collaboration and streamline organisational workflow.

Custom Fields on Thomson Innovation enables professionals engaged in the IP lifecycle to add their own internal context to global patent information. For instance, they can apply internal technology classifications to patent records to assign them to specific portfolios or business units; correlate product use or brand information to patent records to aid in valuation assessments; and drive alert result workflows by attaching a process stage to patent records, indicating when it's ready for the next participant in the process to take action. They can also tag records with relevancy indicators to aid R&D colleagues in assessing technologies or to identify potential prior art for legal review. Further, users can import patent portfolio data from Thomson IP Manager, Thomson Reuters' intellectual asset management solution, to perform detailed analyses and make maintenance decisions.

Thomson Innovation claims to be the only IP research platform that allows users to search global patent data, scientific literature, business and news information within a single search. Coupled with Derwent World Patents Index and full text Asia-Pacific patents in English, users can leverage leading analytical capabilities to turn large volumes of data into actionable intelligence, according to the company.

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Thomson Reuters introduces new Japanese Language Search functionality in Thomson Innovation
- 11 Nov 2010

The IP Solutions business of Thomson Reuters showcased its upcoming release of Japanese Language Search functionality in Thomson Innovation, the company's premiere intellectual property research and analysis platform, at the Patent Information Fair in Tokyo, Japan. The new Japanese search capability, developed in close consultation with customers, will be publicly available in December and will enable researchers to search Japanese patent documents in Japanese and seamlessly link to global patent content for comprehensive, efficient research.

Japanese customers are expected to benefit from a streamlined workflow when searching in their native language, as well as accessing worldwide data in a single interface. The new offering will enable them to begin research locally and expand globally to other content sets, and collaborate with global colleagues within the platform.

The Japanese Language Search functionality provides users with access to Thomson Reuters proprietary patent database and one of the world's most trusted source of patent information - Derwent World Patents Index (DWPISM). Searchers will able to view DWPI information within their Japanese-language search results and on patents, to quickly understand an invention's novelty.

Additional functionality includes a search-assist tool to ensure precise, relevant Japanese-language search results; quick links to Japanese equivalents and family members from global collections; and the ability to identify English search terms of relevance by linking to the English equivalents of Japanese records. Users will also benefit from the existing on-demand translation of non-Japanese patent records into Japanese and access to the global patent content in DWPI.

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LexisNexis TotalPatent to provide direct links to Elsevier journal abstracts
- 28 Oct 2010

Content-enabled workflow solutions provider LexisNexis, US, has announced that its LexisNexis TotalPatent service is the first patent research service to provide users with direct links to abstracts of non-patent journal articles - offering them a more complete and efficient view of the information, news and trends related to patent issues they are managing.

TotalPatent, a past winner of the CODiE Award for Best Online Science or Technology Service, is a Web-based patent research, retrieval and analysis service. Powered by the world's largest collection of searchable full-text and bibliographic patent authorities, it is supported by 24/7 online help. TotalPatent users now have direct links from search results to article abstracts from more than 18,000 titles worldwide through Elsevier's SciVerse Scopus, an abstract and citation database containing both peer-reviewed research literature and quality web sources. LexisNexis and Elsevier are both part of Reed Elsevier.

SciVerse Scopus is populated with journals from more than 5,000 publishers. It offers researchers a comprehensive resource to support their research needs in the scientific, technical, medical, and social sciences fields, and more recently in the arts and humanities.

Other enhancements to TotalPatent include integration with Bizint; enhanced interfaces for the semantic search option with drag and drop functionality for easier manipulation of the concepts returned; assignee name normalisation; and direct links to Chisum on Patents, the world's foremost authority on US patent law.

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LexisNexis' new PatentOptimizer Analytics tool uncovers insights across patent portfolios
- 14 Oct 2010

Content-enabled workflow solutions provider LexisNexis, US, has announced the introduction of an innovative new capability to its LexisNexis PatentOptimizer product. The new PatentOptimizer Analytics tool allows customers to rapidly identify detailed aspects of entire patent portfolios to uncover critical data intersections, hidden trends, aggregate parts and elements nomenclature, and ranked language variations, among other criteria.

This capability allows legal professionals to analyse specific clusters of patent records at a detailed level, enabling them to prospect for new business, identify prolific players and language trends, compare portfolios at a very detailed level, and establish conceptual baselines for real-world prosecution and litigation.

The new tool also empowers users to perform substantive statistical analysis of the claims contained in a large patent portfolio - including FTO (Freedom to Operate) Analysis - and locate specific real world synonyms utilised interchangeably across the portfolio. It includes a reporting option that allows for results from specific user-defined search criteria to be downloaded into Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.

PatentOptimizer streamlines patent analysis and helps serve as a critical quality control check when drafting patents, thus mitigating legal risk and improving work efficiency. Moreover, the product allows users to create comprehensive reports that identify claim issues for both business and litigation decisions, and assist them in making more informed decisions regarding the management of their intellectual property.

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Thomson Reuters and WIPO launch Access to Specialised Patent Information programme for developing nations
- 20 Sep 2010

The IP Solutions business of Thomson Reuters has announced a partnership with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for the launch of the Access to Specialised Patent Information (ASPI) programme. The ASPI programme will provide industrial property offices and government and academic researchers in developing countries with free and low-cost access to comprehensive patent information, to foster innovation and participate more fully in the global economy.

Innovation is reportedly beginning to lead BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and VISTA (Vietnam, Indonesia, South Africa, Turkey and Argentina) nations to advance technically, economically and socially. The economies of the latter have been forecast to grow 25.5 times more rapidly than today's seven most industrialised countries by 2050.

The ASPI programme will allow developing and least-developed countries to benefit from enhanced access to powerful tools for exploiting this valuable resource under very favourable conditions. Thomson Innovation, the premier intellectual property research and analysis platform from Thomson Reuters with patent, scientific literature, business and news content, will be made available to researchers through the programme.

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USPTO and Google partner to provide bulk patent and trademark Data to the public
- 03 Jun 2010

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has entered into a no-cost, two-year agreement with Google to make bulk electronic patent and trademark public data available to the public in bulk form. Under the deal, the USPTO will provide Google with existing bulk, electronic files, which Google will host, without modification, for the public free of charge. This bulk data can be accessed at http://www.google.com/googlebooks/uspto.html.

The USPTO does not currently have the technical capability to provide this public information in a bulk machine readable format that is desired by the intellectual property (IP) community. This arrangement is to serve as a bridge as the USPTO develops an acquisition strategy which will allow the USPTO to enter into a contract with a contractor to retrieve and distribute USPTO patent and trademark bulk public data. The contractor will be capable of acquiring this bulk data and providing it to the public.

Until now, USPTO's public data in bulk form has been provided solely as a fee-based service. The USPTO estimates that nearly ten terabytes of information will be made available. Both parties will work together to make additional data available in the future, including patent and trademark file histories and related data.

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LexisNexis adds full-text patent records from 'BRIC' countries
- 12 May 2010

Information solutions provider LexisNexis, US, has added full-text patent records from 'BRIC' countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) to its TotalPatent research service. Patent law professionals will now gain access to full-text patent collections from patent authorities worldwide. This advantage is expected to help customers make more informed decisions on patent and intellectual property issues for their companies or clients.

TotalPatent is a patent research, retrieval and analysis solution offering a broad collection of online first-level patent information. The new full-text records from the four BRIC countries are all searchable in machine-translated English. Collectively, they represent an addition of 4.7 million full-text records, bringing the total number of accessible, full-text records to more than 40 million. Of these, more than 80 percent are now searchable with English search terms.

The integration of semantic and Boolean search technology allows for a simple, streamlined user interface. The semantic search solution, developed in alliance with Dallas-based PureDiscovery, is setting a new standard in online patent research by cutting through the problem of information overload and enabling researchers to directly identify and access specific patent research they need.

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GenomeQuest to host IP seminar with Thomson Reuters
- 03 May 2010

GenomeQuest, a US-based provider of sequence data management (SDM) products, has announced plans to host a free IP seminar with information provider Thomson Reuters, US, on June 10 in South San Francisco. The seminar, Web-based Searching for Patent Information Across Global Sequence Databases, will be held at Embassy Suites Hotel.

The amount of data recorded in global sequence databases is seen to be growing exponentially, and information about patented sequences is said to be growing even faster. Legal professionals and scientists doing the critical work of IP research are seeking the best and fastest way to discover IP sequence information across these databases.

Their options include outsourcing the work or serially searching through the full set of global databases. Increasingly, they are claimed to be choosing a third alternative - GenomeQuest, an online, single point of IP information with mining tools. More than 160 life science companies purportedly use GenomeQuest for mission-critical work, including 17 of the top 20 pharmaceuticals.

Geneseq is the manually curated value added biological sequence database from Thomson Reuters. The planned presentation will show the complimentary role of Geneseq to other patent sequence resources such as GQ-PAT. The company will explore trends in biological sequence patenting and why accessing Geneseq via the GenomeQuest live solution may give users a competitive edge.

Registration for the seminar can be done online at www.genomequest.com/IPseminarWest.

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