Thomson Scientific Publishes "World IP Today" Analyzing Global Patent Activity and Technology Innovations Over the Past Decade



    
    Reports Created in Observance of "World Intellectual Property Day" as
    Declared by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
    

    PHILADELPHIA and LONDON, April 25 /CNW/ -- Thomson Scientific, part of
The Thomson Corporation (NYSE:   TOC; TSX: TOC) and leading provider of
information solutions to the worldwide research and business communities,
today published two issues of World IP Today in global observance of "World
Intellectual Property Day" as declared by the World Intellectual Property
Organization (WIPO).
    "Thomson Scientific enjoyed the opportunity to support WIPO by
celebrating World Intellectual Property Day," said Stephen Trotter, Senior
Patent Analyst, Thomson Scientific.  "Further, we were inspired by this year's
theme: Encouraging Creativity and thought it appropriate to evaluate the
global IP landscape to determine which countries are forging change in the
areas of patents and technology innovation."
    World IP Today: A Thomson Scientific Report On Global Patent Activity
from 1997-2006 highlights patent output from the G8 countries (Canada, France,
Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States) plus
China and South Korea. Findings indicate:

    
    -- Global patent activity has grown by 72% over the past decade with a 34%
       increase in "unique inventions" or brand new inventions
    -- Since 1997, the U.S. and China have shown the most impressive growth
       with 145% and 470% increases respectively, encroaching on Japan's
       still-leading position
    -- China dominates unique inventions by academia, with an eight-fold
       increase since 1997
    -- South Korea matures as an innovative nation and safeguards more
       inventions worldwide than ever before
    -- Despite China's surge in patent activity, there is little focus on
       protecting Chinese intellectual property outside of China
    

    World IP Today: A Thomson Scientific Report On Global Technology
Innovations from 1997-2006 reviews the massive increase in technology
innovations developed globally over the past ten years (1997-2006),
highlighting tri-lateral inventions or inventions that have been filed in the
U.S., Europe and Japan.  Among the key findings:

    
    -- Inventions relating to semiconductors, telecommunications and computing
       experience huge growth rates of 75%, 86% and 172% respectively since
       1997
    -- Japan can be credited with the current state of today's high-tech
       market, holding the majority share of tri-lateral inventions across all
       technologies in 2006
    -- Samsung is the top patent assignee in tri-lateral inventions for 2006
    -- Samsung and Denso lead the way in diversified multinationals in terms
       of tri-lateral inventions in 2006
    

    For complete copies of these Thomson Scientific "World IP Today" reports,
including the methodology behind the findings, please visit:
    
    http://scientific.thomson.com/press/insight/
    
    For more information on World Intellectual Property Day, please visit the
World Intellectual Property Organization website at:
    http://www.wipo.int/about-ip/en/world_ip/2007

    
    About The Thomson Corporation
    
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and healthcare.  The Corporation's common shares are listed on the New York
and Toronto stock exchanges (NYSE:   TOC; TSX: TOC).

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