Enhancements to DWPI

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Article publication date: 1 October 2004



(2004), "Enhancements to DWPI", The Electronic Library, Vol. 22 No. 5. https://doi.org/10.1108/el.2004.26322eab.013



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Enhancements to DWPI

Enhancements to DWPI

Thomson Derwent, has announced faster access to patent information via Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI) and DWPI First View – designed to deliver comprehensive and value-added patent information to customers as quickly as possible.

Improvements in timeliness of DWPI

Currently containing approximately 13 million unique patent family records and with more than 1.5 million added each year from 40 patent-issuing authorities, DWPI is the Thomson Derwent flagship information solution. In response to customers’ need to receive this patent information more quickly, the timeliness of the full value-add content for major authorities within DWPI has now been greatly improved over previous years.

By September 2004, Thomson Derwent aims to load full value-added records for all patents from the key major patenting authorities to DWPI within 30 days of the date the patent is published. To view the improvements, visit www.thomsonderwent.com/coverage/timeliness Thomson Derwent reports that these timeliness improvements are being achieved as a result of investment in people, processes and technology, specifically through:

  • increasing the number of editorial specialists who apply Thomson Derwent’s proprietary classification and indexing systems to patent documents to provide concise English-language abstracts and value-added indexing; and

  • investing in proprietary systems and continuously improving of data capture processes by leveraging other valuable Thomson Scientific resources, as offered through Wila – Derwent and Delphion.

Improvements in DWPI timeliness are reflected in a corresponding reduction in the length of time that early release patent records remain in DWPI First View before being replaced by the full value-added record within DWPI.

DWPI First View launches

DWPI First View is the fast-alerting companion file to DWPI, allowing DWPI users to receive previews of the latest published patent documents in advance of their inclusion in DWPI. DWPI First View provides enhanced bibliographic data for all new patent documents – along with original titles, abstracts, technical drawing images, and English-language abstracts – typically within one week of publication.

A key feature of DWPI First View is the high-speed access it provides to searchable English-language translations of original author titles and abstracts for Japanese patent applications. This content is now available online less than one week from publication for documents from all technologies. This unique content can appear in DWPI First View online within as little as two days from publication as a result of our investment in our proprietary Machine-Assisted Translation (MAT) technology. Based on dictionaries developed over ten years by Thomson Derwent Japanese/English linguists and technology specialists, the manually enhanced MAT data offers timely, consistent and accurate output.

This same technology is also used as the basis of our on-demand customer MAT service that provides custom translations of the full text of Japanese patent documents.

“For over 50 years, Derwent has been the world’s leading supplier of value-added patent and scientific information,” said Brian Tyler, executive vice president of corporate markets, Thomson Scientific. “Our customers have long expressed the need for more timely delivery of this indispensable information that helps them stay current on developments in their industry. We are pleased to be able to respond to this need with improvements to the timeliness of DWPI and the development of the companion file – DWPI First View. Searching DWPI First View in combination with DWPI will provide users with a comprehensive overview of all patent documents issued by the 40 patent issuing authorities.”

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