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Weekly News Digest

March 10, 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 Adds More User-Friendly Tools

SparkIP (, an online intellectual property (IP) network for the scientific community, announced the addition of several new site features, including allowing users to directly post licensable technologies on the site and enhanced searching via the inclusion of U.S. patent applications that are fully integrated into the SparkCluster maps. Other improvements include a refreshed set of technology listings from current partner institutions.

SparkIP’s database of intellectual property is designed for use by corporations, universities, government labs, patent attorneys, individual researchers and inventors, and anyone else conducting scientific research. The site is continuing to expand since its launch in October 2007 and new university/research partners have been signing on.

The SparkIP online intellectual property network has more than 3.5 million patents and 5,900 actively managed licensable technologies, all represented within a visual innovation landscape of more than 40,000 SparkClusters. The site offers research tools, an IP marketplace for new technologies, and a community where users and organizations can find each other and identify collaborative opportunities. The private, Atlanta-based company was founded by engineers Kristina M. Johnson, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Johns Hopkins; Rob Clark, dean of Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering; and Tim Lenoir, Kimberly Jenkins Chair in New Technology and Society at Duke University. The SparkIP team is led by Ed Trimble, former founder and CEO of EzGov, Inc.

Source: SparkIP

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