What Prior Art Searchers Need to Know about the Migration from Dialog to ProQuest Dialog

Intellogist has followed the development of ProQuest Dialog from the announcement of the product to a demonstration of the new system, and we’ve been impressed with the combination of intuitive search and navigation features and broad coverage of most files available on the the Dialog and (now discontinued) DataStar platforms. ProQuest is still in the process of transferring all databases previously available on the Dialog platforms to the new ProQuest Dialog system, but the migration process for customers from Dialog to ProQuest Dialog has already begun.  ProQuest has released a number of training and information tools to get Dialog users familiar with the ProQuest Dialog platform, and a migration leadership team and Global Customer Support team have been put in place to ensure a smooth transition. Most intellectual property databases have not yet been added to ProQuest Dialog, but many important scientific databases are already accessible on the platform.  The full transition is slated to take place in 2013 (and all intellectual property databases will eventually be added to the platform), so prior art searchers should learn about the features of this important new platform that will replace all Dialog products (and has already replaced DataStar products).

After the jump, read the latest news from the migration team at ProQuest, and learn about the most important resources for ProQuest Dialog training and migration news!
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How Major Patent Search Systems will Implement the CPC

The full roll out of the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) is less than a month away, and the classification search options for US and EP patent publications will soon change drastically for prior art searchers.  After January 1, 2013, the CPC will completely replace ECLA, and all US published applications will carry CPC classifications.  The EPO and USPTO released a “CPC launch package” back in October which contained the complete CPC scheme, any finalized CPC definitions, and an ECLA-to-CPC-to-IPC concordance. The USPTO and EPO have been thoroughly preparing for the transition to the CPC, but how are the distributors of major patent search systems preparing for the implementation of the CPC?  From the Major Recent Updates sections of the Intellogist Reports, I’ve compiled a quick guide on how Espacenet, Orbit.com, TotalPatent, Thomson Innovation, PatBase, and Dialog will make the CPC searchable within each of their systems.

Continue reading to learn how each of these major patent search platforms will handle the new Cooperative Patent Classification!
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Locate German Technical Literature on TEMA

Gray literature, such as technical reports, theses, and conference proceedings, may disclose technology relevant to a particular patent that makes this literature valuable prior art.  During exhaustive prior art searches, professional patent searchers will try to locate this type of obscure non-patent literature (NPL) prior art through any means necessary, including on-site or catalog searches of libraries and using various document identifier numbers to track down the paper versions of these documents within the libraries. First, though, the patent searcher needs to search for and locate bibliographic data on relevant gray literature, which they can then locate in print format.   It can be especially difficult to locate international gray literature published in a variety of languages.

Luckily for patent searchers, there are databases available like TEMA.  TEMA® – Technology and Management is a bibliographic database focused on engineering and technology created by WTI-Frankfurt eG, which covers a variety of international non-patent literature documents. TEMA allows searchers to quickly search for and locate the bibliographic data on obscure NPL prior art, which can then be located in full-text print format.

After the jump, learn more about TEMA and how you can access the database!

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Where to Find the Latest Search News and Database Updates

Search systems are changing constantly; just look at the recent updates to Compendex, Inspec, and PatBase.  How can you stay updated on the latest changes to both free and subscription search systems  for patent and non-patent literature?  Here at Intellogist, we have to constantly check a number of blogs and websites so that we can add the most recent system changes to the “Major Recent Updates” sections of our Intellogist Reports.  We also have to learn about the newest free and subscription search systems and databases to add to the growing list of Community Reports and resources listed on the Resource Finder.

Continue reading to learn about the best blogs and websites for finding the latest database and search system news!

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Free Online Courses for Database Searching

You don’t need to go back to grad school to learn how to search in patent and non-patent literature (NPL) databases.  In fact, many database vendors and producers are happy to teach you how to use their products for free.  Most database vendor websites offer a wide range of free educational resources, including user manuals for for database platforms, specific database information sheets, and even live or recorded online courses (sometimes called webinars or e-seminars).  I’ve watched a lot of these webinars, and I’ll highlight a few of my favorite webinar providers in this post.

Read on to learn about the free live and recorded webinars provided by IET, Dialog, and STN!

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The Search Product Everyone Will Be Using Next Year

I was fortunate enough to see another preview of the coming ProQuest Dialog platform, which will eventually completely replace all Dialog and Datastar platforms.  This is fantastic news for me, as I’ve long wished I could dig through the extremely valuable and massive collection on Dialog without actually having to search Dialog.

First, a word on why we care about Dialog – their collection once made up a significant portion of  the world’s scientific and technical information stored electronically.  Scroll through the Dialog Bluesheets to get an idea of the legacy abstracting and indexing files that were once the major go-to source for online searching.   This data is still valuable, and I think that all searchers deserve a chance to access it quickly, easily, and without specialized training.  With the current suite of Dialog platforms, that just isn’t possible.  Read on to find out how ProQuest Dialog will open this world of content to more information professionals.

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Update from PIUG 2011

Well my first full day at PIUG 2011 in Cincinnati, OH is done.  Although I spent a good part of it eating Graeter’s ice cream, the news I learned is so interesting that I just have to share it.

I have fresh-off-the-press updates about Dialog, Innography, WIPO PATENTSCOPE®, PatBase, Derwent World Patents Index and more, so read on!

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