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China’s Intellectual Property Development Research Centre (IPDRC) Partners with Scientific Business of Thomson Reuters to Accelerate Patent Research and Promote Best IP Practices


IPDRC Will Leverage on Scientific’s IP Management Platform and Patent Search and Analysis Solutions to Accelerate Patent Research and Development

Beijing, CHINA, July 22, 2008 – The Scientific business of Thomson Reuters, today announced its partnership with the Intellectual Property Development Research Centre (IPDRC), a non-profit public enterprise owned by the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of the People’s Republic of China. The partnership aims to accelerate patent research and promote IP management competence in China as part of the national IP strategy initiative spearheaded by IPDRC.

The partnership enables IPDRC to leverage on Scientific’s IP management platform and patent search and analysis solutions for 20 patent research projects which will be undertaken by Chinese universities, public research institutes and corporations.

Said Dr. David Liu, Senior Director and Head of China Regional Business Unit for the Scientific business of Thomson Reuters, “ China is a major economic powerhouse and as it continues to shift from manufacturing to a more knowledge-based economy, institutions and corporations are now appreciating the importance of protecting their patent1 assets in China as well as globally for competitive advantage. We recognise China’s rapid growth in patent activity and were, in fact, the first patent information provider to offer weekly comprehensive coverage of all Chinese Utility Model1 Registrations in English through our Derwent World Patents Index® ( DWPISM)2 database. We are pleased to support IPDRC’s national efforts in driving the quality and development of patent research and promoting of best IP practices amongst academic and public institutions alike.”

Mr. Mao Jinsheng, Director of IPDRC, commented, “We always aim to promote innovation and increase intellectual property development in China. Our partnership with the Scientific business of Thomson Reuters enables us to leverage on their best-of-breed content, tools and expertise in IP management and analysis which will greatly benefit and support the objectives of our national IP strategy.”

IPDRC would leverage on the following Scientific solutions to provide pertinent patent search and analysis information, as additional support, for the 20 patent research projects which it is currently funding. Such research projects often rely on large collection of pertinent patent documents and advanced analytical tools for gaining insights and reaching the right conclusions.

* DWPISM is the most comprehensive database of value-added patent documents published in the world. A team of 500 specialist editors assess, classify and index about 1.5 million patents from 42 patent-issuing authorities every year:
* Delphion® is an easy-to-use patent search and analysis solution. Delphion provides DWPI and full-text searching of US, EP and WO collections, analytical tools that create graphic maps and bar charts, bulk downloads and fast export of key bibliographic fields of patent searched.
* Aureka® is an advanced IP management and analysis platform, featuring ThemeScape mapping which bring a bird’s eye view of the patents distribution landscape in a field in question.

According to Scientific’s latest World IP Today Report in Global Patent Activity 20073, China has almost doubled its volume of patents from 2003-2007 and will become a strong rival to Japan and the United States in years to come. Academia represents a key source of innovation in many countries. China has the largest proportion of academic innovation with Russia very occasionally beating it to the top spot. This is strong evidence of the Chinese Government’s drive to strengthen its academic institutions.

The Scientific business of Thomson Reuters provides information and knowledge to accelerate research, discovery and innovation. Our authoritative, accurate and timely information is essential for drug companies to discover new drugs and get them to market faster; researchers to find relevant papers and know what’s newly published in their subject; and businesses to optimise their intellectual property and find competitive intelligence. We create the research platforms and services of the future that will power our customers toward business and personal success. Scientific information solutions can be found at

Notes to Editors:
1Utility models are similar to patents, but require a less stringent review process and offer a shorter protection period. Like conventional patents, utility models reveal important new technology advances and are a significant part of any prior art search.

2DWPI is the world’s most comprehensive database of value-added patent documents, and is available on Thomson Innovation, Delphion, and the Dialog®, STN International and Questel•Orbit online services. For more information about DWPI, please visit

3Scientific’s latest World IP Today Report in Global Patent Activity 2007 was published in April 2008. For full report results, visit

The Intellectual Property Development Research Center (IPDRC) is a public institute owned by State IP Office (SIPO) of China. Established in June 2006, IPDRC is responsible for promoting IP research and best IP practices as well as the design and implementation of China’s national IP strategy to boost China’s innovation and competitiveness in R&D. IPDRC governs the Patent Strategy Advancing Project (PSAP) of SIPO which allocates funding to patent researchers across the country.

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