Thomson Scientific Releases New Data on Emerging Economic Markets

    Japan Leads Patent Output as Chinese Inventions Grew By 300% in 2000-2005.

    PHILADELPHIA and LONDON, Nov. 6 /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 revealed
new research comparing patenting numbers in Japan to those in Brazil, India,
Russia and China, some of the world's most important emerging economic
markets. Using Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI), Thomson Scientific's
comprehensive database of global patent documents, expe analyzed the number of
patent applications between 2000 and 2005.
    Patenting trends show that the number of Chinese inventions has increased
300 percent over the last five years. China is second only to the United
States in patent authorities of natural products and polymers which include
pharmaceuticals and medical or chemical testing. However, in 2005 Japan
produced four and a half times more patents than China, remaining a driving
force in Asia in terms of creativity and innovation.
    "Patent analysis provides a valuable accurate snapshot of levels of
innovation and economic activity in a particular region or country," said Mark
Garlinghouse, vice president, Thomson Scientific, Asia Pacific. "If China's
growth continues at this rate it could soon rival Japan as Asia's innovation

    Other highlights of the research include:

    --  Slight decline of Japanese patent filings over the last five years;
        down from 365,000 in 2000 to 335,000 in 2005.

    --  Six of top seven areas of interest for India are in chemical,
        pharmaceutical and/or medical innovations.

    --  Chinese patents have risen steadily from 25,000 in 2000 to 72,000 in

    --  Brazil is focusing its research in the fields of domestic and
        industrial electrical equipment and is 13th and 17th highest in the
        world respectively in terms of volumes.
    Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI) is the most comprehensive database of
value-added patent documents published in the world. Constantly updated and
evolving, it consists of 15.5 million patent documents drawn from 41 patent-
issuing authorities, which are assessed, classified and indexed by a team of
350 specialist editors.
    Thomson Scientific will have a stand at the annual Patent Information
Fair and Conference, being held November 7-9, 2007, in Tokyo's Science Museum.
Attendees are cordially invited to meet with the Thomson Scientific
representatives and learn more about Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI).
    For further information about Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI):
    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
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