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Derwent's Global Patent Information Now Available Online

Derwent, part of The Thomson Corporation, introduced Patent Explorer as an Internet-based service to bring patent information to the desktops of all who need it.

It is the latest step in nearly half a century's work in compiling, translating, and abstracting patent information from more than 40 international patenting authorities.

"In our highly innovative, fiercely competitive global economy, patent information is critical competitive intelligence. Such information has been inaccessible or available only through skilled researchers. Now, patent data will be at the fingertips of those who need it most through the efficient and affordable desktop access of Patent Explorer," said Charles Gold, product manager for Patent Explorer.

Patent Explorer was introduced in Europe toward the end of last year, and was named as an Internet Product of the Year in the December issue of the UK trade journal, Information World Review.

It is now being marketed in North America, where there is a huge demand for patent information from engineers, attorneys, and patent portfolio managers.

An easy-to-use and fully customizable service, Patent Explorer allows people to access information by keyword, patent number, class, or assignee name.

To further customize the search, users can add up to 40 other criteria to find the precise information they need. It also features fully automated searching--on a weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis--to compile periodic, up-to-the-minute news bulletins.

Derwent holds all U.S. patent information dating back to 1974 and European patents to 1978. The service is available to both corporations and individuals.

Derwent's offices are in London (UK), Alexandria (Virginia, USA), and Tokyo (Japan).