Basic trainings Many times I got the question: what is a good training course for me as Patent Information Specialist? The answer to this question is not very easy, and depends on many factors. Are you experienced? Are you just starting? What background do you have? Are you in a corporate environment with more Patent

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Until today it is still the case that most scientific publications are never cited Overall about 50% of the published literature is never cited!! Next to this, some publications are highly cited, quite often by self-citations. The record holder in citations is a publication from 1951 about protein measurement. This article has about 200000 citations.

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As a Dutchman I’m of course a soccer lover. Fair play is an important issue. As such the “Fair Play” campaign from the FIFA is excellent initiative. Next to fair play, over the years it has become more and more important to have a correct decision by the referee whether or not the ball passes

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Can patent information be used to watch technology trends? To answer this question, we can compare technology trends with patent filings.   For some technologies, we see a decrease in patenting activities. Areas like Peptides, Printing and also Biotechnology have shown a decrease in patent filings over the period from 2000 to 2010. The best

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For many years, Patent Searchers retrieved patent information using classical hosts (STN, Questel Dialog and ORBIT in the old days). A specific command language was essential for performing searches and good understanding of the command language was a basic requirement. This was very useful for retrieving accurate legal information and finding relevant information for patentability,

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