Let me be the first to introduce you to Thomson Innovation, billed as "the new standard in intellectual property research and analysis." In an age when information is power, this new tool’s ease of use lets avid researchers or occasional users alike discover and retrieve patent information and drill down deeply into the data that keeps corporations in-the-know and on the cutting-edge of competitive innovation in the marketplace. David Brown, executive vice president of corporate markets at Thomson Scientific and his team including Cindy Poulos, vice president of product management of corporate markets at Thomson Scientific, spent 18 months working with clients through the alpha and beta phases in developing, designing, and refining the tool’s extensive capabilities.
"We spent a lot of time pulling together client-driven feedback from more than 1,500 customers who have been involved throughout the process," says Brown. The end result offers detailed analysis at a click of a button, providing access to full-text patents (including diagrams and illustrations) and published applications from the U.S., Europe, WIPO, Japan, and Korea; patent life histories; INPADOC bibliographic data; and the Derwent World Patent Index, as well as scientific literature, and business and news. Search results can be refined quickly to get just the information the user wants when he or she wants it. The patent search functionality includes plenty of enhancements to make discovery and retrieval as productive as it is easy. "Alerts" can keep researchers informed of movement in the field, visualization tools can simplify citation mapping to trace forward and backward references, and work-file sharing (with annotation capabilities) can help researchers collaborate from desk to desk or from country to country. Thomson Innovation was designed for the user, from attorneys and engineers to information professionals and scientists.
"We really designed it essentially to be the new global standard for research and analysis in the IP space. So Thomson Innovation gained a lot of value by looking at the speed of IP solutions that we already had in place, using them as examples to build a foundation for a best-of-breed solution," says Brown.
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