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Derwent, West Group Announce Intellectual Property Databases

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Derwent, West Group Announce Intellectual Property Databases

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Derwent Information, Ltd. has announced the release of the Patent Status File (PATSTAT) and LitAlert (LITALERT) databases on Westlaw. According to the announcement, West Group and sister company Derwent worked in conjunction to provide a product that integrates U.S. patent information with the diverse content and online functionality of Westlaw. "IP [Intellectual Property] research will be greatly enhanced by this partnership," said Rob Willows, director of Derwent's Intellectual Property Services Division.

According to the announcement, PATSTAT enables efficient and successful searches by patent number, and provides weekly updated coverage of 25 types of post-issue actions that may affect U.S. patents, including extensions, expirations, disclaimers, dedications, and requests for reissue and re-examination. These changes, which can cancel or alter the definition, substance, or legal status of a patent, are imperative for every patent file. PATSTAT also allows lawyers to monitor the status of their clients' patent portfolio and track the status of competitors' patents. Westlaw hypertext links lead researchers to the LITALERT database to check the status of pending litigation affecting clients' portfolios. …

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