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December 19, 2005 — 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 ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Questel•Orbit Introduces New QPAT v 4.0

Questel•Orbit ( announced the release of the new QPAT v 4.0 (, its patent information service. The company said the new QPAT was designed to enhance user-friendliness and navigation while adding additional searching power and features to search Questel•Orbit's exclusive FamPat and PlusPat databases as well as its full-text patent collection.

Enhancements include:

  • Redesigned search screen—User-friendly entry boxes as well as a command-line entry for expert searchers, and the addition of an assignee and inventor index look-up
  • Enhanced hit-list display—Tabular display that can be expanded to include abstracts and front-page images
  • Flexible displays with enhanced links—Quick-change record views (formats) and links to corresponding full-text patents, legal status, electronic facsimile patents (PDF), and both FamPat and extended (INPADOC) families

QPAT v 3 will be maintained through the end of January 2006, and a link to it is included on the QPAT v 4 login page. The new QPAT design was based on an extensive 2-year customer and market survey to see what researchers wanted in a fully integrated patent search solution.

Source: Questel•Orbit

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