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Volume 19, Issue 3 March 2002
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Dialog Adds Japanese Trademark Information, Korean Patent Abstracts

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 arrangements."

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;

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