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Derwent Patent Drawings Online Via Orbit

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Derwent Patent Drawings Online Via Orbit

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InfoPro Technologies and Derwent Publications Ltd. have announced a joint agreement to make images of patent drawings available with Derwent World Patent Index via the Orbit Online Service. The new image service, scheduled for release in early 1994, will transform previously text-only online patent information services, providing online patent searchers immediate access to graphic information for the first time. Crisp, laser print quality images will be at the searcher's fingertips.

The new service, being designed and developed by InfoPro Technologies for Derwent, will provide searchers three options for viewing patent drawings. Searchers using a widely available, low cost commercial telecommunications package in a Windows environment will be able to browse patent drawings online during their normal Derwent World Patent Index searches. An average image will display within seven seconds at 9600 baud.

Searchers will also be able to request file transfers or offline prints of patent drawing images, merged with the bibliographic patent record text. Windows-based software will not be required for these two options. …

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