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CAS Registers 70 Millionth Substance Just 18 Months after Reaching 60 Millionth Milestone

Patents from Asian countries continue to be the leading source of chemistry disclosures

Columbus, Ohio (December 6, 2012) - Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), the world's authority for chemical information, announced today a major milestone for the CAS REGISTRYSM, the largest collection of publicly disclosed chemical substance information. CAS scientists registered the 70 millionth substance from a patent application submitted to the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO).

The 70 millionth substance is a potential T-type calcium channel blocker discovered at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), a multidisciplinary research institute in Seoul, South Korea. Assigned CAS Registry Number® 1411769-41-9, the substance is one of several pyrazolyl-piperazine compounds disclosed in the patent application published by KIPO on November 14, 2012. This molecule may be useful in the treatment of epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, dementia and other conditions. Read more >>


View Upcoming Training on the New Training & Events Calendar

You can now find upcoming training on the new Training & Events Calendar. The event titles provide a full description of the event and registration links. For simplified use, view the calendar by month or filter by event type.

Database News

Enhanced CASREACT® Coverage on STN - A New Source of Prior Art

Beginning in December, CAS will enhance CASREACT database coverage with the addition of reactions from nearly 900 dissertations published in the Selected Organic Reaction Database (SORD) between 1961-2009.


INPADOCDB Database on STN - The New Cooperative Patent Classification Is Now Available

The Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) is a new patent classification system jointly developed and maintained by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This bilateral classification system will enter into force on the first of January 2013 and will replace the European patent classifications, ECLA and ICO, and also the U.S. national patent classification, USPC.

The CPC is an IPC-based classification system with about 250,000 subdivisions comprising the former ECLA and ICO codes, plus an expanded scheme for business methods (G06Q) and special collections from the U.S. patent classification.

From week 47/2012 onwards, CPC data will be available for new and updated records of the INPADOC databases. Users have full access to all details of the CPC data including CPC codes and attributes. A CPC thesaurus feature supports classification searching, helping users to identify relevant codes and searching the hierarchy of the codes. For details and search examples see the INPADOC News 2012/11: http://www.stn-international.de/inpadoc_news_201211.html.


DWPI Country Coverage Update - Changes to Gulf Co-operation (GC) Kind Codes

As a result of customer feedback, the kind code for Gulf Cooperation Council patents in DWPI has been changed from B to A to reflect that this is the first stage of publication for records filed through this patent office.

From update 201260 onwards, all new GC patents have the kind code A, with backfile corrections subsequently appearing to change the kind code of records already in DWPI.

DWPI users are encouraged to review any current alerts or search strategies to ensure the correct patent kind is being searched.

About the Gulf Co-operation Council Patent Coverage

The member states of the GCC are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The GCC does not form part of the Patent Co-operation Treaty (PCT) and is not a signatory to the Paris Convention, but it does conform to the priority rules of the Convention, meaning that a GCC application can claim priority from a prior Convention application.

A patent granted under the GCC is enforceable across all GCC states, with a 20 year term of protection from date of filing applying in each of the member territories (compared to a 15 year term of protection granted under individual national patent legislation). It is possible to file in one or more GCC states and also the central GCC Patent Office simultaneously. DWPI coverage commenced with the first patent published on 29 June 2004.


Reload of IMSPATENTS - Effect on SDIs, Manual Profiles and Saved Answers

IMSPATENTS was reloaded with enhancements on November 18, 2012. The reloaded IMSPATENTS has many enhancements, including the comprehensive standardization of patent numbers. Rarely used display formats were removed.

For further information, see HELP RLOAD or contact your local STN Help Desk.


Reload of AGRICOLA - Effect on SDIs, Manual Profiles and Saved Answers

AGRICOLA was reloaded with enhancements on November 18, 2012. Key customer impacts are as follows: The monthly SDI for November will use the reloaded version of the database. Historical entry dates will only be available for 2012. If required, manual profiles should run on or before November 17, 2012 if not already done so after the last update in October. SDIs and saved queries will remain available after the reload.

Because the accession number format will change with the reload: Duplicate history for AGRICOLA SDIs will be deleted Previously saved single file answer sets in the AGRICOLA file are no longer valid and should be deleted by the user Previously saved multi-file answer sets with AGRICOLA answers are still valid for the other files but displays of the AGRICOLA portion should not be done.

The reloaded AGRICOLA database will have many enhancements, including the simultaneous left and right truncation (SLART) and the Numeric Property search feature.

For further information, see HELP RLOAD or contact your local STN Help Desk.


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At Your Command

Learn tips on how you can get the most out of the STN command language.

FSEARCH to Find Related Patent Records

The FSEARCH command may be used to find additional records that share related patent numbers.

FSEARCH may be used to search:
  1. Patents, applications, or priority numbers
  2. L-numbers containing patent records
The FSEARCH command
  1. Selects patents, applications and priority numbers from the original L-number
  2. Searches selected numbers to find additional answers
  3. Repeats these steps until no new answers are obtained for two consecutive iterations
**Consider using the HCAplus database because a large number of search terms may potentially be generated during the FSEARCH process.




Discover additional information on how to use commands at STN Commands and Quick Reference Resources.


December 2012: In this Issue


Product News

New SDI STANDARD Option Streamlines SDI Set-ups on STN

Streamline current awareness alert set-ups with a new SDI option, SDI STANDARD. The SDI STANDARD option:
  • Increases efficiency by reducing the number of questions to set up an SDI
  • Works with single file and multifile SDIs, including SDI packages
  • Enables customized settings using SDI EDIT
The default setting for requesting notifications in all SDI setups has also been changed to NO (do not send notifications).

Other recent SDI improvements on STN include:
  • Weekly delivery of SDI packages RSS delivery of SDI alerts
  • Hit Term highlighting in RSS-delivered SDI results

STN Viewer Now Supports Japanese Full-text Patents from JPFULL

Effective November 18, 2012, you can import records from JPFULL, the new Japanese full-text patent database on STN, into STN Viewer. STN Viewer enables customers to manage and evaluate full-text patent documents from STN answer sets. In addition to JPFULL, you can also import records into STN Viewer from the following full-text patent databases on STN:
  • AUPATFULL
  • CANPATFULL
  • CNFULL
  • EPFULL
  • FRFULL
  • JPFULL
  • PATDPAFULL
  • PCTFULL
  • RDISCLOSURE
  • USPAT2
  • USPATFULL
  • USPATOLD

Search Tip of the Month
Structure searching explores the more than 70 million unique organic and inorganic chemical substances, such as alloys, coordination compounds, minerals, mixtures, polymers and salts, and more than 64 million sequences in the CAS REGISTRY database, the gold standard for chemical information. This month’s example is Adding Screens to Improve Structure Searching in CAS REGISTRY Database, which helps modify a substance search when the default sample search retrieves incomplete full-file projections on STN.

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

Upcoming Training

*NEW* A great resource for new users is now available at /training/stn/stnbasics. CAS offers a collection of training resources that are organized into self-guided learning paths. STN Basics include interactive tutorials and workbooks designed to guide you through three curricula covering bibliographic searching, substance searching and structure drawing.
For on-demand STN training resources, please visit CAS Learning Solutions at http://learning solutions.cas.org. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and quick reference cards are available to help new users with Learning Solutions.


STN e-Seminars

December 18
1:00 pm EST
Biomedical Databases on STN

Register here!


STN Patents and Pizza in Alexandria, VA

December 11
11:45 am – 1:00 pm
Chemical and Physical Property Searches in CAS REGISTRY
Email wksp@cas.org to register.


FIZ Karlsruhe e-Seminars

December 11
DWPI Tips and Tricks on STN


December 12
ReaxysFile on STN: Significantly More Content and Further Enhancements

December 13
Physical Property Searching in ReaxysFile on STN

December 13
Reaction Searching in ReaxysFile on STN

December 18
Biomedical Databases on STN

December 18
Reaction Searching in ReaxysFile on STN

December 18
Physical Property Searching in ReaxysFile on STN

Register here!

Upcoming Tradeshows

Be sure to check back next month as we prepare the 2013 tradeshows and exhibitions schedule!

Thank You!

Many thanks to our dedicated STNews readers. We always welcome your comments and suggestions to make STNews your source for STN updates, training, search articles and more. Let us know what you think - stnews@cas.org.

Thanks to our 2012 contributors at CAS, Science IP and FIZ Karlsruhe including Lora Burgess, Jenny Boehm, Elaine Cheeseman, Brooke Melia, Kathryn Meloche, Michael Mullican, Kenneth Ostrum, Brian Sweet and John Zabilski.

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