A new, fully‐searchable database of complete facsimile US patents (with all structures and drawings) on CD‐ROM is offered, under the name Patentlmages, by MicroPatent. The service is designed for large‐scale users of patent information, including libraries (public or private). Patents can be accessed via 12 search‐fields and it is possible to zoom in on drawings, to see double‐page spreads on the screen, and to print, if required, with a laser printer. The disks are provided two weeks after the US patents are published which, if this timing can be maintained, is a speedy service.
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