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New STN® Viewer™ Enhances Patent Professionals’ Efficiency by Streamlining Information Management and Patent Evaluation

10. May 2007

COSTA MESA, CA – CAS and FIZ Karlsruhe have announced the release of STN Viewer, a new Web-based workflow productivity tool that dramatically increases patent professionals’ efficiency. Seamlessly integrated with STN®, the premier online information service for science and technology, STN Viewer helps researchers to easily manage and evaluate full-text patent documents available in STN’s collection of premier patent databases. 

STN Viewer is seamlessly implemented within STN Express®, the preferred software for information professionals.  Unique to the STN Viewer are its advanced highlighting capabilities employing unsurpassed truncation options. Its flexible document labeling features offer users a means to efficiently manage patent information projects.  Use of STN Viewer is included in the STN Fixed Fee plan, providing cost efficiencies for patent information users. 

The STN Viewer will be demonstrated during the PIUG 2007 Annual Conference held May 5 through 10 in Costa Mesa, CA.

“Patent information and law professionals will find that STN Viewer simplifies patent document organization and makes analysis far easier,” said Catharina Maulbecker, CAS Vice President, Marketing and Sales. “Using STN Viewer, they can draw on STN’s high-quality science and technology databases, including CAplusSM and Derwent World Patents Index® (DWPISM), to ensure that the information they retrieve is as complete, accurate, and timely as possible.”

“Cost effective and easy to use, STN Viewer allows patent professionals to be highly productive,” said Rainer Stuike-Prill, FIZ Karlsruhe Vice President, Marketing and Sales. “STN Viewer gives users the tools they need to quickly navigate through a patent, evaluate the crucial information, and identify relevant documents.”

STN Viewer provides:
• A powerful suite of tools designed for easy management of patent projects
• Integration with STN, seamless access from patent searching to evaluation
• Direct access to information contained in STN’s highly valued full-text patent databases reporting national (British, French, German, U.S.), regional (European), and international (World Patent Organization) patent literature

With STN Viewer, information and intellectual property professionals can create custom patent projects using full-text patent documents. They can also share patent projects with others in their organization or team.

Patent professionals can easily evaluate patents with STN Viewer, view major sections, publication stages and family members; define and highlight terms and phrases; and navigate the entire patent document via a visual summary of highlighted terms.  STN Viewer also provides users with the capability to create reports in the .rtf format maintaining their customized highlighting, as well as the ability to save projects for use with STN Express post-processing tools.

STN InternationalSM is the premier online information service for science and technology, offering a collection of essential databases. The service is provided jointly through a North American service center, operated by CAS in Columbus, Ohio and a European service center, operated by FIZ Karlsruhe in Karlsruhe, Germany.  STN key services and support activities in Japan are provided by JAICI (Japan Association for International Chemical Information) in Tokyo. STN offers a wide range of indispensable databases as well as excellent tools for search, analysis and post-processing of search results. Decision-makers in enterprises and institutions highly appreciate the valuable information provided by STN.  A responsive global system of customer support provided by experienced scientists and expert searchers, available to users worldwide.

FIZ Karlsruhe is an experienced service partner for information transfer and knowledge management in science and industry. Its activities focus on the development of E-Science services and the provision of a worldwide unique collection of databases through its online service STN International. For thirty years, FIZ Karlsruhe has been offering its high-quality, value-added information services to scientists from all over the world involved in academic and industrial R&D, as well as to decision makers in business and administration. In cooperation with national and international institutions, FIZ Karlsruhe produces and provides databases in various fields of science and technology, including the most distinguished patent files.

CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, provides the world's largest and most current collection of chemical and related scientific information, including the most authoritative database of chemical substances, the CAS REGISTRYSM. CAS combines these databases with advanced search and analysis technologies to deliver the most complete, crosslinked and effective digital information environment for scientific research and discovery, including such products as SciFinder®, SciFinder Scholar™, STN, STN Express® and STN® AnaVist™, among others.  The CAS web site is at http://www.cas.org.