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September 26, 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 Acquires European IP Provider

Questel•Orbit (http://www.questel.orbit.com) announced a merger agreement to acquire Edital (http://www.edital.com), a Brussels-based provider of intellectual property solutions. For the past 5 years, Questel•Orbit has followed a vertical integration strategy in the patent area and is now merging with a company that followed the same path in trademarks. The companies stated that the agreement allows two complementary companies to join forces and confirm their global presence in both the trademark and patent markets.

Edital, established in 1982, draws on an extensive network of IP professionals worldwide to supply its customers with up-to-date information using cutting edge technology. Questel•Orbit, in business for more than 30 years, provides a suite of patent and trademark services to executives, scientists, researchers, and competitive intelligence professionals. The company also provides an array of tools for Internet and Web-based searching; reading, analyzing, visualizing, and communicating search results; ordering and distributing patent copies; and evaluating individual patents and entire portfolios.

Source: Questel•Orbit

iCopyright Conductor Now Available

Data Depth Corp. (http://www.datadepth.com), d/b/a/ iCopyright, announced the release of iCopyright Conductor, the latest generation of its content licensing system. The company said that publishers can sign up and go live with the service in about 5 minutes. Data Depth also announced that a number of publishers, including Reuters, Primedia Business Magazines & Media, Penton Media, Business News Publishing, Line56, United Press International, and Ziff Davis Publishing Holdings, are live with the new system.

Publishers use a simple console to generate the tags to add to their content and to decide which services to offer their readers. They can direct licensing requests to their internal sales staff or to any number of preferred service providers, such as reprint companies and subscription fulfillment houses. The user interface has been improved. When readers click on the iCopyright tag, they can license the content for a variety of uses, subscribe to the publication, write a letter to the author or editor, request free permissions, and get other services.

The cost to publishers to implement iCopyright Conductor depends upon the types of copyright licenses and content services they wish to offer their readers. There is no charge for publishers to use Conductor to facilitate copyright permissions. There is a nominal charge for publishers to use Conductor for reprint and e-print sales, as well as to offer other content services. iCopyright’s suite of instant licensing and content fulfillment services cost publishers 5 percent of the transactions iCopyright processes for them.

Source: Data Depth Corp.

ProQuest Expands Medical Content

ProQuest Information and Learning (http://www.il.proquest.com) announced an agreement to use the MyiLibrary platform (http://www.myilibrary.com) to distribute more than 2,000 medical and health e-books. It also announced an agreement to add scholarly STM journals from Alliance Communications Group (ACG; http://www.acgpublishing.com), the publishing division of Allen Press, Inc.

Beginning immediately, titles including a range of Oxford Textbooks and Oxford Handbooks as well as key titles from Medical Publishers Wiley, Elsevier, Springer, Blackwell, and others will be offered on the MyiLibrary e-book platform. Users can choose to purchase individual medical titles or subscribe to complete collections. Metadata from the books will be loaded onto the ProQuest platform, allowing users to cross-search between information in full-text periodicals on ProQuest and books in the MyiLibrary collection.

ACG is a full-service publisher with more than 65 years experience in producing scholarly and professional publications. Access to ACG titles will be available through a variety of ProQuest's databases, including ProQuest Nursing Journals, ProQuest Medical Library, and ProQuest Science Journals. The agreement between ProQuest and ACG adds 19 journals to ProQuest's

STM content pool and is part of the company's ongoing program to strengthen periodical databases in this area. Free trials are available.

Source: ProQuest Information and Learning



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