STNews - February 2012


INPADOC Databases Enhanced with Japanese Patent Classifications, Current U.S. Classification and Japanese Legal Status

The coverage of major patent classifications in INPADOC has significantly been enhanced with the addition of the Japanese patent classifications (FI-terms and F-terms), providing a considerable value to Japanese patent and utility model publications. At the same time the current US patent classification codes have been included into INPADOC, complementing the set of issued US classification codes. Prior art searching is now much more reliable for Japanese and US patent documents.

The Japanese Patent Office (JPO) applies two completely independent national classification systems to classify Japanese patents and utility models: the IPC-based FI classification and the F-term classification. Both Japanese patent classifications became available in INPADOC on STN, providing an extremely useful tool to access Japanese patent literature. The Japanese patent classifications are available for 15 million Japanese patents and utility models back to 1965.

The coverage of the US national patent classification in INPADOC has been extended to include the current US classification codes for 9,3 million US applications. These codes are available for the complete backfile of US patent documents back to 1836.

For further details and search examples see the INPADOC News 2012/02:

The European Patent Office has just started to provide legal status data for Japanese patents and utility models back to April 2011. We expect more than 90 different legal status events for Japanese publications. Use EXPAND JP/LSC to see a list of all Japanese legal status codes currently available in INPADOC.

Access More Than 32,000 Harmonized Tariff Codes Now in CHEMLIST on STN

You can now search the new Harmonized Tariff Code (HTC) field in the CHEMLIST database on STN. Other CHEMLIST enhancements include EU Customs Codes display in the HTC field and chemical names in more languages.

The CHEMLIST database now lists the HTC number assigned to a chemical substance by the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS). More than 200 countries rely on HTC as a basis for customs tariffs and collection of international trade statistics.

The World Customs Organization maintains the HTC as part of an international cooperative effort to standardize import and export classifications on internationally shipped products.

Importing and exporting within the European Community requires the EU Customs Code that displays in the HTC field. The EU Customs Code is the tariff classification system used in the European Community's Combined Nomenclature, based on the HS.

As part of the addition of the HTC and EU Customs Codes enhancements, CHEMLIST now contains chemical names in the following languages, when available:

  • Italian
  • Dutch
  • Portuguese
  • Finnish
  • Danish
  • Swedish
  • Lithuanian
  • Slovak
  • Slovenian
  • Czech
  • Estonian
  • Polish
  • Hungarian

Rely on CHEMLIST as your convenient, single source for identifying regulatory requirements for specific substances from many of the world's most significant regulated substance lists.

Update on New STN

In October 2011, the STN partners announced that a completely new STN would be phased into the market beginning in 2012. This initiative was to start with an alpha release at the end of 2011, followed by continued customer consultation and product development.

We are pleased to confirm that we are on track with this plan.

An alpha release was provided to the STN Advisory Council members in December 2011, and has been used to date by nearly 100 patent search professionals. They have confirmed that the new platform provides important advances while retaining the value of STN and aligning with the workflow of patent experts.

An enhanced alpha version will be available by June. At that time, we will expand availability to additional customers who have requested early access to the new platform. 

Release of a beta version of the new platform to all STN fixed-fee customers is on track for the fourth quarter of 2012.

REACH List of Registered Substances Now in CHEMLIST on STN

Find more chemical regulation information with the addition of the REACH List of Registered Substances in CHEMLIST on STN. REACH is the European Union (EU) regulation for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals published by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). ECHA developed the list from registration dossiers provided by the chemical industry.

For substances on the REACH List, the CHEMLIST record will

  • Show this information in the Inventory (INV) field.
  • Include the EC Number, and if available, the submitter chemical name and corresponding CAS Registry Number.

There are 3,878 substances in CHEMLIST on the REACH List of Registered Substances. The list will be updated when new information is provided from ECHA.

The purpose of REACH is to protect human health and the environment from the risks posed by chemicals, while protecting the EU chemicals industry. The chemical industry is required to identify and manage risks linked to the chemical substances that are manufactured and marked in the EU. 

The CHEMLIST database on STN (Regulated Chemicals Listing) offers one convenient source identifying chemical substances from more than 100 inventories and regulatory lists from around the world.

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