The Newest Chemical Patent Search Features on SciFinder

[tweetmeme source=”Intellogist” only_single=false] The STN Intellogist Report was recently updated, and we listed some of the major improvements to the product: new full-text patent databases, improvements to current full-text patent databases, improved bio-sequence and chemical structure search options, and new Assistants and Wizards on STN Express and STN on the Web. STN is a fantastic platform for expert searchers who’ve mastered the syntax of the command line interface, but novice searchers may prefer the simpler interface of the SciFinder platform, another search system produced by the Chemical Abstracting Service.  SciFinder offers access to many of the same CAS databases offered on STN, but through a much more user-friendly interface.  For a detailed comparison of STN and SciFinder, check out this blog post.

Like STN, SciFinder has seen a variety of updates to both content and search features in the last few months.  After the jump, we’ll look at the newest coverage and interface updates on SciFinder!

Coverage Updates

The CAS website lists the following updates to the content covered on SciFinder:

  • Additional 13 C and 1H NMR Spectra and Mass Spectra for ~75,000 substances from Bio-Rad.
  • New sources from Taylor & Francis include Synthetic CommunicationsJournal of Coordination Chemistry, and Phosphorus, Sulfur, and Silicon and The Related Elements covering the period 1998-present.
  • Translated English language procedures are now included for Japanese and German language patents from source agencies such as KOKAI, WIPO, and EPO, covering the period 2008-present.

Since all CAS databases covered by SciFinder are also available on STN, you can check the Major Recent Update section of the STN Intellogist Report for the latest updates to CAS databases available on both STN and SciFinder.

Interface Updates

According to the CAS website, the following features were recently added to SciFinder:

  • Streamlined Substance Displays: Related information such as references, reactions, commercial sources and regulatory information are now displayed next to the substance. Link to Spectra and Experimental Property information is provided in the Substance Detail display (when available).
  • Enhanced display of reference answer sets lets you quickly access full text and related information such as substances and citing references.
  • Preview more journal content with Table of Contents graphics from ACS Publications.
  • Relevance Ranking of Substance Answer Sets: The new substance relevancy ranking feature automatically sorts substance answer sets by relevance.

Sort substance answer sets by relevance (image from CAS website).

  • Bioactivity and Target Indicators: Find the bioactivity and target indicators of a specific substance or an entire substance answer set and associated references.  Indicator terms now appear in the Detail view for substances linked to associated references.
  • New Analyze Options for Bioactivity and Target Indicators: Narrow your answer sets to substances with bioactivity or target indicator information and to see which terms are most prevalent.
  • Pricing & Availability Information for Commercially Available Compounds: Link to pricing and availability information for substances.  In addition, commercial chemical sources can be analyzed and sorted by “Pricing & Availability”.
  • Additional Web browsers and operating systems: Mozilla Firefox7-10, Apple Safari 5.1 and Macintosh OS X Lion (Mac OS v10.7) are included on the list of supported browsers and operating systems.

SciFinder continues to position itself as a user-friendly alternative to STN, and additional features like relavency ranking for substance answer sets and the option to sort results by pricing and availability give end users a simple, direct way to answer targeted chemistry-related questions.

Have you utilized any of the new features on SciFinder?  Were they useful for prior art searches?  Let us know in the comments.

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This post was contributed by Joelle Mornini. The Intellogist blog is provided for free by Intellogist’s parent company Landon IP, a major provider of patent searches, trademark searches, technical translations, and information retrieval services.

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