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June 23, 2008 — 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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SparkIP Rolls Out New Search Tools and Subscription Packages

SparkIP, an online intellectual property (IP) research and marketplace platform, released a new version of its product with advanced features and announced the availability of subscription packages targeted to individual and enterprise users. With this release, SparkIP, which launched in fall 2007, will officially move out of beta and become widely available to the scientific and business communities.

New features include international patent coverage, bookmarks, exports, alerts, custom portfolios, and advanced views. Targeted to corporations, law firms, universities, government labs, research institutions and individual innovators, SparkIP uses multiple techniques to associate the world’s innovation into a visual landscape consisting of more than 40,000 SparkClusters. A full demo is available at

SparkIP allows IP researchers to enhance their previous text-only searches to more robust and sophisticated contextual analysis. Through its patent-pending SparkClusters, users can mine a broader set of relevant data to find nonobvious results that are often missed through text-only query tools. SparkCluster maps also allow users to quickly landscape an area of innovation to understand the key companies, innovators, and patented inventions that are driving change. Already, SparkIP claims to be the world’s largest actively managed IP marketplace, with more than 7,500 available technologies from 30 leading research institutions. By combining the IP marketplace with powerful research tools, SparkIP is able to present relevant opportunities to buyers/licensees in context. Also, with the new alerting feature, subscribers can get a first look at interesting opportunities as soon as they are available.

In response to user needs, SparkIP created two new packages/pricing programs to allow customers the appropriate level of access and support for business goals and needs. The Individual SILVER subscription is designed for single users and is offered on a month-to-month basis. The Enterprise GOLD subscription is for organizations with multiple users seeking to leverage the complete set of SparkIP advanced features. Universities and research labs are eligible for discounted pricing on enterprise subscriptions and also have the ability to post all technologies to the marketplace for free without transaction fees or other charges.

Source: SparkIP

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