Thomson Scientific Delivers More Complete Prior Art Research With New Patent and Scientific Data on Thomson Innovation

    New content expands English-language coverage of Asian patent data via
    Derwent World Patents Index and provides essential resources for prior
    art research

    PHILADELPHIA and LONDON, Feb. 21 /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 announced
the addition of Derwent World Patents Index(R) (DWPI(SM)) and essential
scientific literature, including Web of Science(R) and Inspec(R), to Thomson
Innovation(SM) (, its new intellectual property
research and analysis solution. The addition of DWPI and scientific literature
provides a unique combination of patent and non-patent resources to support
more comprehensive prior art research.
    "To succeed in this new era of worldwide competition, organizations must
have a holistic view of global innovation that only Thomson Innovation
provides by joining the value-added patent data of DWPI with a deep collection
of scientific research," said David Brown, Executive Vice President, Corporate
Markets, Thomson Scientific. "By augmenting patent research with scientific
literature, organizations are better able to reduce risk, track competitors
and spark new discoveries."
    With the inclusion of DWPI, Thomson Scientific has significantly enhanced
its English-language Asian patent coverage available through Thomson
Innovation. In addition to English translations of Japanese full text patent
data, Thomson Innovation now includes editorially enhanced English-language
patent abstracts for China, coupled with additional Asian coverage.
    "An increasing number of patent applications are being filed in Asia, and
researchers must search that data in English to be more effective in finding
and evaluating patents that might impact research and development, portfolio
management, licensing or other business decisions," said Brown.
    To complement the new patent data, a broad collection of scientific
literature content also has been added to Thomson Innovation, providing a
critical resource for prior art research. Scientific journals, conference
papers and technical documentation often include information on inventions
prior to a patent being published.
    A recent study conducted by 1790 Analytics for the National Institute of
Standards and the United State Patent and Trademark Office study indicates
that emerging technologies tend to reference scientific journals more often
than the average patent, underscoring the value of scientific literature for
prior art research. 1790 Analytics is an intellectual property firm that
specializes in patent citation analysis.
    "The increasing availability of scientific literature through electronic
resources, by all indications, is accelerating inventive activity and leading
to more and faster development of emerging technologies," said Anthony
Breitzman, Ph.D., Principal and Director of Research, 1790 Analytics.

    Scientific literature in Thomson Innovation includes:

    -- Web of Science -- Provides retrospective searching of scientific
       literature, including the Science Citation Index , the Social Sciences
       Citation Index , and the Arts and Humanities Citation Index .
    -- Inspec -- A bibliographic database with 9 million records covering
       scientific journals, conferences, books, reports and dissertations from
       the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
    -- ISI Proceedings(SM) -- Provides over 4 million papers from more than
       60,000 conferences including the Science & Technology and Social
       Science & Humanities editions.
    -- Current Contents Connect(R) -- Provides access to complete
       bibliographic information from over 8,000 leading scholarly journals
       and more than 2,000 books.
    Also new on Thomson Innovation is Corporate Tree, which allows
researchers to search for patents by selecting assignee names from a corporate
hierarchy, taking mergers, acquisitions and divestitures into account.
    For more information about Thomson Innovation, visit
    About The Thomson Corporation
    The Thomson Corporation ( is a global leader in providing
essential electronic workflow solutions to business and professional
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).
    Thomson Scientific is a business of The Thomson Corporation.  Its
information solutions assist professionals at every stage of research and
development-from discovery to analysis to product development and
distribution. Thomson Scientific information solutions can be found at

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