|Dialog Corp. has announced that TRADEMARKSCANJapan, the first
Japanese trademark database designed for use outside of Japan, is now available
for online searching and document retrieval through the Dialog online information
service. Dialog has also announced the addition of Korean patent abstracts,
a source of detailed information about technological and intellectual property
developments in Korea and elsewhere.
The TRADEMARKSCANJapan database enables Dialog users to search
Japanese trademark registrations and applications without having to know
the Japanese language. Entries are translated and transliterated, displaying
both the trademark as filed and the phonetics for the trademark. All records
are displayed phonetically in Roman characters, regardless of the character
set in which they were originally filed (Kanji, Katakana, or Hiragana).
Non-Japanese trademarks are restored to their original Roman spelling.
"Our goal is to provide the comprehensive and deep information resources
our customers worldwide need to be successful," said David Brown, Dialog's
senior vice president of content. "We'll do that by aggregating the best
databases available, such as TRADEMARKSCANJapan, and by coupling them
with our precision searching tools and system speed capabilities."
TRADEMARKSCANJapan is producedby Thomson & Thomson, a provider
of trademark and copyright services. The database currently contains more
than 2.5 million active and inactive Japanese trademark registrations and
applications. It updates monthly.
Korean Patent Abstracts
The Korean patent abstracts are available in the Derwent World Patents
Index and Derwent World Patents Index Extension. Both of those databases,
which are produced by Derwent Information, are featured in the Dialog service.
The Derwent databases include abstracts of full patent applications
(so-called "KoreanA" documents) starting with documentspublished from 2001
on. More limited information (such as application titles) is available
for patent applications from 1977 on.
Last year, Dialog uploaded about 96,000 of the full Korean patent abstracts.
Documents from 40 other patent-issuing authorities are also included in
the Derwent databases,adding more than 20,000 new documents to the Dialog
service each week.
"Korea exerts a leadership role in research and development, with many
of its large corporations setting the pace in global industries," said
Brown. "The information that can be gleaned through patent abstractswill
be a boost to those who need to gather competitive intelligence, track
technology innovations, or are researching possible licensing and partnering
Brown claims that 80 percent of the information disclosed through the
Korean patent abstracts is not available via any otherpublished source.
Additionally, many of thepatent applications submitted in Korea originate
with non-Korean companies, making Dialog's new content an additional resource
to track multinational companies.
"Derwent research shows that 17 percent of all patents filed at the
Korean Patent Office are from Japanese companies, with 10 percent from
U.S. companies," said Brown.
Source: Dialog Corp., Cary, NC, 800/3-DIALOG; http://www.dialog.com.