Redesigned CAS Website Launched on August 5, 2012

CAS is pleased to announce that a newly redesigned CAS website was launched on Sunday, August 5. Combining a modern design with streamlined navigation and searching, the refreshed site will provide easier access to products, news, videos, social media and other valuable STN content.

Links to many pages on the current site will automatically redirect you to corresponding information on the refreshed site. If a page is not automatically redirected a custom error message will suggest options such as using the site search or site map. We encourage you to review and update your existing bookmarks. If you have any questions, please contact the CAS Customer Center at, 800-753-4227 (North America) or +1 614-447-3700 (outside North America). For additional support, please contact the CAS Customer Center at

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Keep Current with Weekly SDI Packages Now Available on STN

A new weekly SDI package on STN increases the timeliness of your current awareness and makes it easier to meet government reporting requirements for pharmacovigilance.

An SDI package combines multiple SDI result sets from different databases into a single, convenient delivery, regardless of individual database update schedules and SDI frequencies.

SDI packages save you time and increase your productivity with:
  • Automatic removal of duplicate records.
  • Convenient single delivery of packaged SDI results monthly or weekly.
For more information about SDI packages, type HELP SDPACKAGE (HELP SDP) at the arrow prompt.

Access to STN from Versions of STN Express® Below 8.0 Will Be Discontinued on August 31, 2012
To ensure an improved, more consistent user experience with newer features and maximized security for all STN sessions, we are discontinuing access from older versions of STN Express according to the following schedule:

You can upgrade for free at any time to the current version of STN Express, Version 8.5, from the STN Software License and Download website.

Version Support Software
Versions below 8.0 March 31, 2012 August 31, 2012
Versions below 8.3 August 31, 2012 December 31, 2012
Versions below 8.4 December 31, 2012 June 30, 2013

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Database News

Reload of ReaxysFileTM on STN - Significantly More Content Added and Updates Resumed

ReaxysFile on STN has been reloaded and information on more than 8 million substances has been added including inorganic substances and substances deriving from patents. The database now has information on 90% more substances than the previous version of ReaxysFile on STN and the same content as ReaxysTM.

The functionality of the database on STN has only changed slightly to enable retrieval of e.g., inorganic substances, the display of patent related information or the customized display of REACH information. More information on additional search and display fields can be obtained online with HELP CHANGE; general information is available at or contact your STN Helpdesk.

ReaxysFile and the Reaxys trademarks are owned and protected by Reed Elsevier Properties SA. All rights reserved.

More Experimental Property Data in CAS REGISTRYSM

The CAS REGISTRY now contains more experimental property data with the addition of more than 120,000 Wiley mass spectra and NMR spectra.

Watch for two more additions of experimental property data later in 2012, including 13C, proton (1H) and heteroatom (fluorine, silicon, phosphorus) spectra.

Launch of New PQSciTech Database, Created from 25 Individual CSA Databases Allows More Efficient Searching on STN

As of July 28, 2012, content of the CSA databases has become available in the new multidisciplinary PQSciTech (ProQuest Science and Technology) database on STN.

This new resource with more than 27 million references enables you to search broadly or to restrict to certain technologies using file segments (see Help FS). It also includes the popular Numeric Property Search feature (see HELP NPS).

For additional information on content see HELP CONT; for information on changes and enhancements see HELP RLOAD; for information on the transfer of SDIs and other saved items, and the list of databases please visit:

Reload of ENCOMPPAT/2 Database

ENCOMPPAT/2 databases were reloaded on July 28, 2012. More details on the enhancements and changes are available in the databases in HELP RLOAD.

INPADOCDB: Enhanced Display Options

INPADOCDB has been enhanced with new display options, including the new predefined formats PI.PDF and BRIEF.

The format PI.PDF provides hyperlinks to the original documents (PDF) in ESPACENET for all members of the national family. This format easily combines with the new BRIEF format, which includes important bibliographic information (TI, AB, PAS, INS, PI, AI, PRAI, patent classifications), and is being deduplicated for all members of the application. The new BRIEF format is ideal for technology-based searches and alerts.

It is recommended to use 'SET LINELENGTH 100' with the PI.PDF display format.

At Your Command

Take command of your search with tips on how to get the most out of the STN command language.

DELETE L-Numbers for Easier Searching and More Accurate Search Strategy Displays

Clarify the appearance of your search strategy or remove L-numbers containing errors using the DELETE command.

Use the DELETE command to remove:
  • An individual L-number
  • A range of L-numbers
  • The last few L-numbers
  • The entire session
Use SET RENUMBER ON to renumber L-numbers automatically.

Remove the last (N) L-numbers using DELETE LAST followed by a number (N). For example, DELETE LAST 3 will remove the last three L-numbers.

DELETE HISTORY removes all L-numbers in the current session.

Be sure to join us next month for another opportunity to take command of your search.

August 2012: In This Issue

  • At Your Command 
  • Database News 
  • Science IP 
  • Search Tip of the Month 
  • CAS Customer Center Q & A 
  • Upcoming Tradeshows 
  • Upcoming Training 

  • Search Tip of the Month
    The CAS MARPAT®database contains searchable Markush structures indexed from the claims and disclosures of patents and patent applications. Structure searching in MARPAT often retrieves additional references not found in other structure-searchable databases. These additional references can help with patentability, freedom-to-operate and validity. In this example, see how to Make the Most of Match Level ANY in CAS MARPAT Database.

    Faced with a challenging search or require comprehensive results? Contact the expert research staff at Science IP.

    CAS Customer Center Q&A

    Where can I learn more about the Numeric Property Search feature?

    A. The Numeric Property Search feature, now available in a number of STN patent databases, supports precise searching within the text of specific values for more than 50 physical and chemical properties, even if the searched value falls within a range of values noted in the text or is measured in different units. For more information see here.

    Upcoming Training

    For on-demand STN training resources, please visit CAS Learning Solutions at http://learning Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and quick reference cards are available to help new users with Learning Solutions.

    STN e-Seminars

    August 28
    1:00 pm EDT
    Pharmacovigilance Alerts with SDI Package on STN

    Register here!

    STN has a number of databases that allow you to set up monitoring alerts for adverse effects on substances of interest. A new weekly package alert option allows for convenient delivery of results for safety, regulatory or reporting needs.

    In this e-Seminar, learn about:
    • STNIndex for query development and file selection
    • SDI PACKAGE for consolidated alert delivery

    STN Patents and Pizza in Alexandria, VA

    August 14
    11:45 am - 1:00 pm
    Strategies for Finding Formulations
    Email to register.

    September 11
    11:45 am - 1:00 pm
    Search Markush Structures in MARPAT
    Email to register.

    STN Patent Forum

    October 22, 2012
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm (includes lunch)
    NE PIUG Meeting

    Email to register.

    FIZ Karlsruhe e-Seminars

    August 23
    Legal Status Information in STN Databases

    September 18
    Searching for siRNA and miRNA in STN Patent Databases

    September 20
    Searching for siRNA and miRNA in STN Patent Databases

    Register here!

    STN Virtual Classes

    If you are new to database searching, you are encouraged to attend these classes in the order shown in the Learning Paths, since each one builds on concepts and skills covered in preceding sessions. Visit the STN Training Center to open a session of interest.

    Refer to the Prerequisites or see the Learning Path under Course Materials for the recommended sequence.

    Upcoming Tradeshows

    August 19-23
    244th ACS National Meeting & Exhibition

    August 26-30

    September 2-6
    ISMC 2012

    September 11-12
    Patent Information Annual Conference of China

    September 12-14

    September 12-14
    4th Annual Partnerships in Clinical Trials Asia

    September 15-20
    ICCOS 2012

    September 21-22
    St. Petersburg, Russia
    FOC 2012

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