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MicroPatent Intros RetroChem Chemical Research Tool

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MicroPatent Intros RetroChem Chemical Research Tool

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MicroPatent has introduced RetroChem, a comprehensive library of chemical technology patents on a single CD-ROM disc. With fully searchable information on every chemical patent issued form 1976 to the end of 1993, RetroChem is designed as a tool for chemical technology research for use by companies in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries and also colleges and universities.

With RetroChem, researchers and information professionals can search through a complete 17-year backfile of almost a half million chemical patents to get answers to a wide range of questions, such as: What patents exist for specific chemical technologies? Which companies are leading the development effort in specific areas? or Who holds existing chemical patents that might complement research my company is doing?

Complete front page and abstract information is included for every chemical patent, and users can do key word searches by any combination of 18 different categories, including inventor, patent holder (assignee), patent class and title, and abstract text. RetroChem is also fully network-enabled, so it can serve as a company-wide resource accessible from any networked computer. …

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