FIZ Karlsruhe makes French patent documents available on STN International

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Article publication date: 1 June 2004



(2004), "FIZ Karlsruhe makes French patent documents available on STN International", The Electronic Library, Vol. 22 No. 3.



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FIZ Karlsruhe makes French patent documents available on STN International

FIZ Karlsruhe makes French patent documents available on STN International

FIZ Karlsruhe, a provider of information services, and European partner of science and technology online service STN International, has added the new bibliographic patent database FRANCEPAT to its product portfolio. FRANCEPAT, a private service under distribution agreement with Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle (INPI), Paris, contains more than 1 million records of French patents and patent applications with more than 400,700 images of patent drawings. It thus complements the coverage of French patents on STN and provides the most complete picture of patent publications from France.

FRANCEPAT covers all French patent applications and granted French patents published by the INPI. All patents published in France since 1966 as well as special pharmaceutical patents (Brevets Spéciaux Médicaments) published between 1961 and 1978 are included as well as complementary protection certificates from 1969 onwards.

Records include bibliographic, administrative and legal status data for each patent. Abstracts and descriptors are also available since 1978. All records are in French, but English descriptors are available from 1987 onwards for customers who prefer English terminology and IPC codes for subject searching.

The database is updated weekly. Simultaneous left and right truncation (searches using the root of a word, with prefixes and/or suffixes substituted by question marks) is possible, as well as multifile searching in several databases at the same time (e.g. using the IPC code). Weekly or monthly automatic current awareness-searches (SDIs) allow for an automatic monitoring of patenting activities (by patent number, IPC code or controlled terms).

FIZ Karlsruhe plans to add a French Patent full-text file based on OCR data later this year. The more than 220 databases on STN can be accessed by dialling into STN’s online service using its powerful proprietary client software, STN Express with Discover! Alternatively, it can be accessed directly over the Internet using a standard Web browser.

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