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Questel*Orbit Launches PlusPat

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Questel*Orbit Launches PlusPat

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Questel*Orbit Inc. has announced the introduction of PlusPat, a new product covering more than 30 million worldwide patent documents. PlusPat is available through both Questel*Orbit's online and Internet services.

According to the announcement, PlusPat combines the European Patent Office's (EPO) worldwide collection with U.S. and Japanese patent information, resulting in the only service to offer merged European and U.S. classification systems to worldwide patents as far back as the 1920s.

PlusPat also offers the following:

* More than 30 million patent documents from 68 worldwide patenting authorities

* More than 9 million English-language abstracts summarizing the inventions

* The ability to perform detailed and extensive patent-family searches

* The latest legal-status information

* Classification indexing for patent retrieval of documents going back to the early 20th century

"The well-known USPTO [United States Patent and Trademark Office], EPO, and International Patent classification systems are all provided in this file. In particular, the EPO classification allows users to conduct very accurate and comprehensive worldwide prior-art subject searches," said David Dickens, director of patents business at Questel*Orbit and manager of the PlusPat project. "Along with more than 9 million English abstracts, the subject-searching capabilities in this file are absolutely unique. These features provide great value to technology researchers and to intellectual-property professionals. …

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