Thomson Scientific Broadens Chinese Patent Coverage in Derwent World Patents Index

    New Patent Data Offers Comprehensive Coverage of English-translated
    Utility Model Registrations

    PHILADELPHIA and LONDON, Nov. 7 /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, has broadened
its coverage of China's growing patent activity with the addition of
English-translated Chinese Utility Model Registrations in Derwent World
Patents Index(R) (DWPI(SM)). Thomson Scientific is the first patent
information provider to offer weekly comprehensive coverage of all Chinese
Utility Model Registrations in English. Utility models are similar to patents,
but require a less stringent review process and offer a shorter protection
period. Like conventional patents, utility models reveal important new
technology advances and are a significant part of any prior art search.
    "As China's economy continues to grow rapidly and shifts from
manufacturing to one that is more innovation-based, it is becoming a hotbed of
patent activity," said David Brown, Executive Vice President, Thomson
Scientific. "Thomson Scientific is pleased to be able to offer this critical
patent data through our Derwent World Patents Index database, providing patent
researchers with the most comprehensive view of global patent activity,
including China."
    According to Thomson Scientific's World IP Today Global Patent Activity
Report, published in April 2007, patent activity in China grew by 470 percent
from 1997 to 2006, outpacing all other countries in terms of growth.
    The Chinese Utility Model Registrations, beginning with records published
on October 3, 2007, are initially available in Derwent World Patents Index
First View(SM) (DWPI First View(SM)), the companion file to DWPI. Records in
DWPI First View include human translation of the author's title, abstract and
first claim. Each record is then reviewed by one of Thomson Scientific's
expert analysts before it is uploaded into DWPI, where Chinese Utility
Registration records have the same benefits that are available for all DWPI
patent records, including an alerting abstract and manual coding.
    DWPI is the world's most comprehensive database of value-added patent
documents, and is available on the Dialog(R), STN International and
Questel(*)Orbit online services. For more information about DWPI, please visit
    Thomson Scientific's World IP Today Global Patent Activity Report is
available for download at
    About The Thomson Corporation
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customers.  With operational headquarters in Stamford, Conn., Thomson provides
value-added information, software tools and applications to professionals in
the fields of law, tax, accounting, financial services, scientific research
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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