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April 22, 2002 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Derwent, Wila Verlag GmbH Merge

Derwent Information (http://www.derwent.com) and Wila Verlag GmbH (http://www.wila-verlag.de) have announced that they are merging operations, with Wila Verlag GmbH immediately becoming part of Thomson Corp. (http://www.thomson.com), Derwent's corporate parent. Terms of the arrangement were not disclosed. German-based Wila Verlag GmbH is a supplier of information services supporting the management of intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, and industrial designs) within the German-speaking market. Derwent Information is a leading patent and scientific information provider. The companies expect the merger to add significant value for the customers of both companies.

According to the announcement, many customers in Germany already work with both companies, and the merger will create a fully integrated information solution that delivers value-added content and sophisticated tools directly to the companywide desktop. The Wila expertise will be enhanced by Derwent's global outreach. Derwent's value-added information will benefit immensely from Wila's technological know-how and complementary content. Wila, renamed Wila-Derwent, will continue to be managed in Munich by its existing managing directors Michael Lipp, Tilman Hartlieb, and Marc Solfrian.

Source: Derwent Information



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