Items of interest: STN, Innography, and Fairview’s Alexandria

[tweetmeme source=”Intellogist” only_single=false]There are three interesting topics I am pursuing this week.  There’s so much to write about I can’t keep up! I wanted to do a quick round-up to keep you all informed of the big happenings with STN, Innography, and Alexandria (a new product from Fairview Research).

The first is that 16 databases will be removed from STN at the end of this year.  CAS cites a number of reasons why they cannot continue to offer these databases, but the primary reason seems to be low usage number for these files.  A list of the databases set for removal, as well as links to their data summary sheets, is available from the Intellogist report on STN; a discussion of the impact the removal of these files may have recently took place on the on the PIUG wiki.

The crux of the problem for STN is that they would rather direct their energies toward frequently-requested product enhancements, and the development of their forthcoming new platform, than keep up older files with low usage.  A few longtime searchers weighed in with regret over the loss of business files such as ABI/INFORM and PROMT, not necessarily because of their unique content (they will still available from other sources, such as Dialog), but because of the convenience of being able to query them on the STN platform alongside other data.  Other low-usage files such as CSCHEM and CSCORP were useful as sources of catalogs for commercially available chemical products.

The next topic is news of recent updates to the Innography product.   Innography now states that they offer international litigation data, including “China, Japan, and other Asian and European jurisdictions.”  This seems like a high value collection to me and I’m very interested in learning more about the coverage there.   Innography has also added technical standards and pharmaceutical sources (e.g. the FDA Orange Book), as well as a semantic search function.

Finally, I have been very interested in learning more about the Alexandria service, a “Patents on the Cloud” approach to providing patent data recently announced by Fairview research (you may have heard of Fairview due to their recent acquisition of IFI).  I had the opportunity to speak with Mike Baycroft of Fairview recently, and I learned a lot about their plans for the product and its possible applications.  Keep an eye out for a coming post about this topic.

What’s the biggest news in your corner of the patent world?  Let us know in the comments!

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This post was edited by Intellogist Team member Kristin Whitman. The Intellogist blog is provided for free by Intellogist’s parent company, Landon IP, a major provider of patent search, technical translation, and information services.

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