From the Editor
“As we enter 2010, I am sure you are looking forward to an improving economy and to finding new ways to drive innovation and growth for your organization. Here at ProQuest and Dialog, 2010 will be an exciting turning point — the year in which we introduce a new product platform that will serve the broad range of our customer communities.
For Dialog customers, this means the long-awaited unification of the Dialog® and DataStar® services. This transformative next generation product will combine Dialog and DataStar databases with sources from the ProQuest full-text collection. The result will be an enhancement of the power of Dialog and DataStar combined with greater ease of use and new tools for extracting answers from search results. We anticipate making the new platform available through a series of releases starting in second quarter 2010. You can count on the Chronolog and other communications to keep you informed as the new product platform develops.”
The new product is in part in response to feedback we have received over the years from you, our customers. To keep that feedback open, we are asking you to please complete a six-question survey to help us understand how we have met your needs in the past and how we can improve your satisfaction going forward.
This issue also highlights our intellectual property collection, including Dialog’s extensive collection of databases for prior art, a new version of Innography integrating trademark data, the Free File for January — European Patents Fulltext — and much more. And, be sure to check new pricing promotions to start the year.
New promotions and pricing options to start 2010
Dialog and Cengage are offering free searching in select Cengage files from January 1, 2010, through March 31, 2010. During this time all DialUnits, Connect Time, and Alert Profile charges will be waived to allow customers to search these files and create and run Alerts profiles at no charge. Output pricing such as full formats and Alert prints will be charged at current rates. The included Cengage databases in the promotion are listed in Table 1.
Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity for unlimited searching in a wide range of business information sources!
Dialog and DataStar pricing aligned
As we set the stage for the launch of a next generation product in 2010, we are working to simplify and align transactional pricing across Dialog and DataStar. This includes standardizing Connect Time and Output pricing across the two services and unbundling Alerts prints for most databases on Dialog. (Alerts prints have always been unbundled on DataStar.) Where Dialog Alerts are unbundled, we are lowering the Alert profile charge. Some of these changes are effective January 2010, and others will be introduced in coming months.
We are also working on a new commitment plan option, which will include unlimited searching for the plan period. Watch for more information in the February Chronolog, or ask your account manager for details.
Protect your IP with integrated trademark data on Innography
Trademark Keywords search is now an option from the search drop-down menu. You also have a number of options for field-specific searches, such as grouping trademarks based on International and U.S. patent classification codes (IPC).
Attend our Webinars to learn more about using Dialog trademark searches with Innography and other post-processing enhancements for patents.
DialogClassic Web enhanced
Meet the Global Customer Support team
Q: Explain briefly what you see as the Global Customer Support’s main mission?
Q: Who is on your team?
Q: What tasks support your mission?
In 2010 and beyond, our primary overriding responsibility will be to help our customers transition to Dialog’s next generation platform.
Q. Can you give us a specific example of one of your tasks?
Alert topics cover all subject areas and can be created in almost any database. For example, an organization might need to stay abreast of new regulations or legislation in the pharmaceutical industry. Or, a company might watch a competing company’s patents to see what new products it is developing. The newswires, trade literature, patents and trademarks on Dialog can help to find this kind of information. You might want to know who is citing your patents or make sure another company is not infringing on one of your patents. Dialog has patent files that cover all regions of the world. These are just a few of the projects the Alerts Bureau gets involved with.
Q: Why is your team’s role so important to Dialog customers? And, what makes your job at Dialog so exciting, especially since you have been with the business for such a long time?
We train the customer’s team on how to use the product and, more importantly, help the customer understand how to apply Dialog’s content to their business needs. We are the ones that answer the calls for help from the users — 24 hours a day, five days a week (at 800-3-Dialog). We also respond to customer’s written inquiries (email to or otherwise) to meet their needs.
What we are especially proud of, and what we really enjoy about our jobs, are the long-term relationships we have built with individual users over the years. Whether they come to one of our Update Forums, attend a session with a Training and Applications Consultant, or hear a familiar and friendly voice on the other end of a help call, Dialog’s customers tell us they feel we have their best interests in mind and appreciate our help. It’s very rewarding.
Watch for interviews with other groups at Dialog in the coming months. View an on-demand version of the interview.
Free File of the Month — European Patents Fulltext
Patent data provides a wealth of information for many people involved in business, especially corporate decision-makers, investors, managers and innovators working in research and development. European Patents Fulltext can help you to:
You can also find out what technologies exist and build on them. Legally, you can avoid infringing on others’ patent rights, and if you are a small company, you may secure market share with your patents.
Review the Overview of European Patents Fulltext to learn more about this database that provides comprehensive information about patents filed with the EPO, and sign up for Webinars on January 13 and 14 to learn about File 348 content, highlights of the value-added indexing and features and search tips. Throughout January, explore this file up to $100 for free (either DialUnits or Connect Time). Output and Alerts charges are not included.
ICC British Company Financial Datasheets enhanced
Annual reload of MEDLINE underway
Derwent Chemistry Resource (DCR) reaches 1.5 million records
DCR (File 355) is the chemical structure companion file to DWPISM (Files 351,352/350), which is a comprehensive database of value-added worldwide patent information. DCR captures chemical name and structure details from new compounds in patents, and a new DCR database record is created for each new structure encountered by the expert DWPI editorial analysts. The deep-level DCR indexing is created for each patent with new chemical content with up to 99 compounds per patent indexed.
DCR enables you to retrieve relevant patents in DWPI via a search based on chemical name. This type of search frequently will retrieve relevant patents not found via regular patent search methods (e.g., using keywords or IPC). Each DCR record describes a particular substance, and the DCR identifier allows cross-referencing to the corresponding patent records in DWPI.
A Proximal and a Distal Tip
Some time ago, I used to lose a lot of pens, mostly because they were cheap and a multi-pack of a dozen for a small sum meant they were considered disposable. However, I received a present of a nice gold Cross pen, and I learned to respect where I put it and did not ever lose it. I still have it, even though I loaned it to a friend of mine, and although he lost it, we searched everywhere he went until we found it on his black hole of a messy desk. I have probably saved hundreds of dollars in not buying disposable pens, and I also learned some folks are not as concerned about another’s property!
Black Holes on Earth
Talking about class codes is usually best done at nighttime because most people start to sleep about then. So, I’d like to keep it short, but point out some tricks to get around sticky problems. In patents, these problems quite often show up when a word is used in a particular context, sometimes called a term of art. Here, a word means something to practitioners in the art that may be at odds with more common usage. Typically, colorful phrases are used to identify concepts in the sciences and engineering. For example, “black holes” usually mean sinks that absorb everything within reach and probably came from astronomy in which collapsed stars turn into black holes, not even letting out light. But, this term has become popular in other areas, and a search for black holes will now include:
For each of these areas there may be an appropriate class code, either International or U.S. or ECLA or F-Term, etc. However, if you want to use words as search terms, use broader codes in concert to help give the words the proper meaning. So, for:
The technique of searching for a specific term in the Claims field is something I do when faced with a search with misleading but useful terms, or when a class code alone is not enough. The Claims field typically has focused terminology, and if a term of art appears in the Claims, it usually means the focus or main intent of the invention contains the term. By RANKing the result of a claims-only search, you usually can find fairly focused items. Lacking a good name for this technique, I refer to it as the Claims Focus as the name is suggestive enough. Please do write it down, but don’t use a disposable pen.
Prior art searching with Dialog
The most common type of patent search undertaken in industry is probably the prior art search. A prior art search aims to uncover material closely related to the proposed application. The concepts to be searched and analyzed will be based on the description of the invention and one or more possible claims.
A good prior art search helps you and your patent agent or patent attorney to prepare the “Background to the Invention” section of the patent specification. This will show the patent examiner where your invention differs from the “state of the art” in your field.
Searching for prior art — PCT guidelines
The U. S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) publishes general search guidelines for the prior art search (see Section 904.02), available on the USPTO website, and also provides source lists for each U.S. Classification. Again, all of these sources can be found on Dialog.
Searching for prior art — USPTO guidelines
In some fields, particularly clean technology and engineering, it is often necessary to search older literature. For example, alternative energy sources and surrounding technologies already experienced high periods of activity after World War II and during the 1970s when oil prices were high; so, it is always worth considering older literature when searching these arts.
Records in the Inspec® database (Files 2,3,4 / INSP, INZZ), which covers more than 4,000 scientific and technical journals and approximately 2,200 conference proceedings, soon will include International Patent Classification (IPC) Core codes. When fully reloaded on Dialog in 2010, searches using the IPC codes will be possible back to 1969.
Other databases to consider for engineering are:
At Dialog, we pride ourselves on the breadth of our scientific and technical literature collection, with more than 200 scientific and technical databases covering everything from food and nutrition to nuclear engineering. With this coverage there’s sure to be valuable data to consider as you prepare for your prior art search.
Throughout 2010, we will be aligning our patent and non-patent literature collections to facilitate prior art searching in each domain. We know you need access to the full text too, not just the abstract, and we are working to make this easier through eLinks and full-text collections from ProQuest.
Medical Evidence Matters enhanced with new disease states
MEM is an evidence-based medicine (EBM) search tool that draws information from hundreds of peer-reviewed journals to help researchers assess the respective outcomes from the range of therapy options for patients with confirmed diagnoses. The database supports the finding of the relevant published and peer-reviewed evidence and the application of that research to individual patients. Results are organized into summary graphs and tables – helping the researcher assess the evidence for clinical effectiveness.
With MEM the searcher can:
As we continue to expand MEM coverage, we want to hear from you on priority modules and disease states to cover. Contact your account representative or the Knowledge Center with your suggestions.
Join Dialog at
Lisbon, Portugal, is the venue for the 7th annual Conference & Exposition in Europe, tailored to the interests of patent information professionals. Mark your calendars for March 7-11, 2010, and register for IPI-ConfEx today.
OneSearchDo you remember back to October 1987 when Dialog introduced its innovative OneSearch® feature? Dr. Roger Summit, then President of Dialog, stated, “DIALOG will continue to emphasize innovation...” and the October 1987 Chronolog reported:
“The major breakthrough in online searching this year was the introduction of DIALOG OneSearchSM in October. This new capability allows users to search multiple databases without having to re-enter search terms or execute SearchSaves in each additional database. With DIALOG OneSearch, you can search up to 20 files at the same time, producing combined results and output. Accessing databases through OneSearch is easy; simply enter BEGIN followed by the file numbers you want to search (e.g., BEGIN 6,8,13).
Or BEGIN in a DIALINDEX category (e.g., BEGIN LABOR). The built-in flexibility of OneSearch allows your searching to be as comprehensive or as focused as you choose.”
At the ONLINE '88 conference OneSearch was one of the winners of Online, Inc.'s Information Product of the Year to recognize the "best and the brightest" stars in the information industry.
Throughout our history, Dialog has sustained its commitment to innovation, and 2010 will see the continuation of that commitment. Our new platform and interface will allow you to search using all Dialog features on which you have come to depend. From 1972 when Dialog was launched to 2010, more than 35 years later, Dialog continues to provide innovation to improve your searching. Stay tuned—2010 will be a big year at Dialog!
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Save time and cost: Use the CURRENT command
The CURRENT command narrows your search to records most recently added to a file although in some files that continuously add new and old material, you may see records with older publication dates in your retrieval. At any point in your search, you can enter SHOW CURRENT to verify which version of the command is working. To cancel CURRENT, enter the word CANCEL after CURRENT (e.g., CURRENT CANCEL or CURRENT3 CANCEL). To view an online list of files that offer the CURRENT feature, enter HELP CURRENT at the prompt.
Notes: CURRENT CANCEL is not supported in DialogClassic Web. The CURRENT command is not supported in DialogLink 5.
February Free File of the Month
Search up to $100 for free in the file (Connect Time or DialUnits) in February. Output and Alerts costs are not included. See an Overview of File 323 to learn more about this technical database.
Users who export DataStar records to RefWorks can now do it automatically and easily through the results list, Document page, Alerts and document delivery from DataStar Web and DataStar Classic on the Web. A new option enables DataStar Alerts to contain links to export individual records or the entire Alert to RefWorks. Starting January 11, 2010, users will be able to export records to RefWorks from 121 databases, including MEDLINE®, BIOSIS Previews® and EMBASE®.
Coming soon: 2010 Database Catalog
As of January 1, 2010, existing Dialog TradStat customers will be transferred to Global Trade Information Services (GTI) to ensure our customers have continued access to high quality, comprehensive global trade information in the future. With official merchandise trade data for almost 80 countries, GTI currently provides coverage for 95 percent of the world’s trade activities. Note that invoicing will also move to GTI as of January, with the last invoice from Dialog for December usage. TradStat will remain online and available during this transition period until March 31, 2010.
Upcoming Webinars provide unique sessions highlighting Dialog’s large collection of intellectual property resources.
Validate: Focus on Essential Tools for Intellectual Property Research
Get a Fast Start with our How Do I...? series of 45 solutions for Patent Research and 20 solutions for Trademarks and Copyrights; use Search Aids to view DWPI and INPADOC Kind codes or quick comparison charts; click the eLearning tab for online, self-paced courses for patent basics you can take online at your convenience; and don’t forget to practice in the free ONTAP patent and trademark databases.
Register for these intellectual property courses:
Several other courses may be of interest to you:
Check the Training Web site for a complete listing of classes.
Look for new patent documentation on the Intellectual Property Essential Tools Web subject pages.
Introducing your Quantum2 coaches
Jamal brings a unique combination of strengths, including a broad content knowledge, to his role in applications development for corporate customers. He was a 1998 ALA Spectrum Scholar and received his Masters in Library Science degree from North Carolina Central University and his MBA from Ellis College of NYIT.
Jamal’s most recent achievement is his article in the December 2009 issue of Information Outlook, the magazine for SLA members. The article titled “Reinventing Ourselves for Success” resonates strongly with the concepts of the Quantum2 Leadership Development Program for information professionals, and Jamal’s credential as a Quantum2 coach is noted.
Dialog Search Tip: Using LIMITALL and RANK commands
From this point, Dialog will restrict your search and retrieval to records that fit the criteria found in Set 1. Dialog reports “LIMITALL started.”
Want to know the players? RANK the patent assignee.
Review the RANK list to look for new players, unknown names and universities. Some of these newcomers may emerge as big competitors down the road.
RANKing the International Patent Class (IC) field to find common IPCR/8 codes may provide additional results.
Exit from RANK and EXPAND the IC code.
SELECT appropriate E reference numbers and RANK PA to see the patent assignees that have the most patents in this area of technology.
DataStar Search Tip: The many facets of Thesaurus Mapping on DataStarWeb®
When it comes to sorting out the preferred vocabulary, DataStar helps you every step of the way.