New Features in Thomson Innovation Reflected in Revised Report

[tweetmeme source=”Intellogist” only_single=false]We recently profiled the new non-patent literature search options that were released on Thomson Innovation in August, and now the full Thomson Innovation System Report on Intellogist has been fully reviewed and updated!  Thomson Innovation is a sophisticated search platform created by Thomson Reuters that offers both patent and non-patent literature coverage, as well as a number of analysis tools. Since the last full update of the report, Thomson Innovation has seen multiple releases of new coverage, search, and viewing options, and the interface also got a completely new look in the fall of 2011.  Learn about important coverage updates, such as an enhanced Japanese language patent collection and new Canadian full-text coverage.  We’ll also look at a few of search and viewing features recently added to the system, such as enhancements to the custom fields tool and the new Quick View in the full record display.

After the jump, read about the newest coverage, search, and viewing features added to the Thomson Innovation platform!

New Thomson Innovation Interface

The layout of the Thomson Innovation interface was updated in the fall of 2011 and includes improvements like:

  • Numbered step functionality for key features (such as search forms).
  • New universal menu bars.
  • More use of tabs.
  • Larger images with immediate access to all drawings.
  • Larger text,  flexible font sizes, and a brighter color scheme.

The updated Thomson Innovation interface includes number steps in search forms.

New Coverage

New patent coverage recently added to the Thomson Innovation platform includes:

  • Canadian Full-Text Coverage – The Canada (CA) collection is divided into two files: published applications and granted patents.  Bibliographic information for Canadian patent applications is available from 1990 to present, and front page/claims are also available from 1990 to present. The majority of the file is in English, with some records in French. The file updates weekly.
  • The Japanese-language patent collection was enhanced with the addition of a 25-year backfile of full-text.

Additional non-patent literature content was also added to the platform during recent updates:

  • As mentioned in a previous blog post,  Web of Science coverage in the Literature Collection has extended from a 20 year rolling back file to include almost 100 years of additional content with access back to 1898.  Enhanced coverage includes citation information back to 1900.
  • The NewsRoom in the Business Collection replaced the News and Product collections.  Search through retrospective coverage of market, company, product, and industry news from over 12,000 publications, with records dating from 1980 to present.

Enhanced Custom Fields

The following features were added to the Custom Fields option on Thomson Innovation, which allows administrators to create customized fields that can then be applied to specific records:

  • Analyze Custom Field values in Charting, Clustering and Citation Maps.
  • Automatically apply Custom Field values to all records in a DWPI family when a value is added to just one family member.
  • Import data from internal company databases into Custom Fields, folder hierarchies and Work Files.
  • Utilize colored flags for quick recognition of records with specified values.
  • Leverage new field types, including multi-valued pick lists, check boxes, radio buttons and URLs.
  • Punctuation characters can now be included in the description of a Custom Field.
  • Single- and multi-select list Custom Fields now let you edit how the list displays after initial creation. You can change from list radio button (for single-select types), from list to check box (for multi-select types), or from radio button/check box to list.

Custom fields accessed through the Fielded Search form (image from Thomson Innovation help files).

Quick View

The default primary display for individual records on Thomson Innovation is Quick View, which was first introduced in a September 2011 release and displays key fields only.  The Full View presents all available fields for a particular record, while Quick View presents key fields in a compact view, enabling rapid navigation when flipping record to record.  The Quick View feature on Thomson is a useful tool created specifically for patent searchers who need to page quickly through large sets of patent records. Users can view basic bibliographic, abstract, and first claim information, as well as the full image panel, from the Quick View, and if the record appears relevant, they can choose the “Mark and Next” option to flag the result and move on to the next record.

Quick View for a record on Thomson Innovation.

For More Information…

Read the fully updated System Report for Thomson Innovation on Intellogist, and learn about all the system featurespatent and non-patent literature coverage, search forms, available search fields (both DWPI and non-DWPI), options for viewing and analyzing results, export and download functions, and search history interface tools.  The authors of the report also weigh in on the major strengths and weaknesses of the system, so get an expert viewpoint on Thomson Innovation over at Intellogist!

Do you use Thomson Innovation for prior art searching?  What do you think of the new coverage and features, such as enhanced custom fields and Quick View?  Let us know in the comments section!

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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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