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Weekly News Digest

February 21, 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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USGENE on STN Offers Improved Timeliness

SequenceBase Corp. ( and FIZ Karlsruhe ( have announced significant improvement to the timeliness of the USGENE database—to within only 3 days of publication by the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). The companies claim this to be up to 10 days faster than any other comparable resource.

USGENE now provides weekly updates on Friday. Weekly updates comprise USPTO issued patent data published on Tuesday, and published application data published on Thursday. Issued patent sequence data is therefore available within 3 days, and published application sequence data is available within 1 day of publication by the USPTO.

USGENE is the resource in which to perform freedom-to-operate, prior art, validity, infringement, and competitive intelligence patent sequence searches within U.S. gene patent publications. USGENE is produced by the SequenceBase Corp. and is provided on STN by FIZ Karlsruhe as File USGENE ( The database covers all available peptide and nucleic acid sequences from the published applications and issued patents of USPTO, from 1982 to date.

Sourrce: FIZ Karlsruhe

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