Thomson Scientific Publishes 2008 Patent Focus Report

    Report Examines Recent Developments at Major Patenting Authorities

    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, has published
its 2008 Patent Focus Report. Authored by Joff Wild, editor of Intellectual
Asset Management magazine, and published in Thomson Scientific's
KnowledgeLink(SM) eNewsletter, this report explores recent activities at each
of the world's major patenting authorities (USA, Europe, Japan, China and
India). The report is available free at
    Key findings from Thomson Scientific's 2008 Patent Focus Report include:

    --  Patenting activity: 2007 was a record year with ever increasing
        numbers of patent applications. China passed a significant milestone
        when it received its four millionth application in December 2007.  As
        well, the US Patent and Trademark Office examined its highest ever
        number of applications: 362,227. While Europe and India's patent
        offices saw increases in patent applications, Japan saw a decrease in
        activities with patent applications dropping by 4.3%.

    --  Resources: With the overall growth in patenting activities, the report
        highlights the need for additional resources in most of the world's
        patenting authorities. India, as a relative newcomer to patenting, has
        been the hardest hit with less than 200 patent examiners available to
        manage an ever-increasing flow of applications.

    --  Changes to legislation and rules: New legislation in China that
        enables scientists, institutions and universities to own any patents
        resulting from their research is driving a new wave of patent
        applications. At the same time, changes in patenting rules in Europe
        and the USA have either simplified patenting procedures through
        eliminating the need for translations during the application process
        (Europe) or have enraged patent attorneys by allegedly making it
        harder and more expensive to prosecute patents effectively (USA).
    In addition to status reports for the world's five main patenting
offices, the report also examines significant patent disputes and their
    Published as part of the newly relaunched, customizable KnowledgeLink
eNewsletter, the 2008 Patent Focus Report draws on the expertise of Thomson
Scientific specialists and guest authors, and delivers unique insight into
trends in information management and cutting-edge research for information
professionals, research scientists and intellectual property specialists.
KnowledgeLink is distributed every two months to subscribers who can register
for free and select their customized content at
    "The 2008 Patent Focus Report delivers a winning combination of thought-
provoking editorial content mixed with expert insight from our information
specialists," said Marisa Westcott, VP Marketing, Thomson Scientific.
"Relaunching our KnowledgeLink eNewsletter gave us the opportunity to
spotlight our analyst experts and thought leaders - the people who drive
product development and innovation at Thomson Scientific."
    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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For further information: Eoin Bedford of Thomson Scientific, +44 207 433
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