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Thursday, 29th December 2011

IBM Releases Tool for New Kinds of Patent Searches

By Africa S. Hands

From CIO Today:

A new analytical tool from IBM is helping scientists scan patents and other intellectual property for information about molecular data. The cloud -based strategic IP insight platform, or SIIP, uses image analysis and enhanced optical recognition of chemical images and symbols to quickly obtain the information, a process that otherwise could take months to do manually.

The platform, housed in the IBM SmartCloud, processes documents in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the European Patent Office and the World Intellectual Property Organization, as well as the public domain documents in the U.S. National Library of Medicine's MEDLINE database.

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Africa S. Hands is an independent librarian with a focus on helping professionals understand and utilise social media and search engines through one-on-one tutorials and small group workshops. Africa tweets (@africahands) on resources of interest to information and higher education professionals.

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