Volume 8, Number 4 April 2000
That was the year that was - patents, 1999
by Nancy Lambert
THE BETTER MOUSETRAP column reviews patent news for 1999. Reports
that due to a new provision, the USPTO will publish unexamined U.S.
patents 18 months after priority filing, but only if the patent has
also been filed somewhere other than the U.S. Says that all the
producers of major patent databases that include U.S. patents are
bracing themselves for a huge increase in output from the USPTO.
Relates that Derwent has opened access to its EPI (Electrical
Patents Index) Manual Code indexing to everyone; previously only
subscribers could search. Notes that IFI came under new ownership
and has been renamed IFI/CLAIMS Patent Services. Offers an overview
of six additional companies. Concludes that the last year of the
millennium was a year of paranoia for many, but that did not stop
the patent database producers and online hosts from going about
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