Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) has launched a new service, Science IP (www.scienceIP.org). Science IP is designed to meet the needs of information professionals, attorneys, and others in the patenting and research and development communities who do not have the time, staff, or expertise to meet their current scientific information retrieval needs. CAS creates and distributes chemistry databases and houses a substance information collection.
Science IP reports will support decisions such as prior art/patentability for the prosecution of new patents, freedom-to-practice/operate for new and existing technologies, and patent validity for infringement litigation. In addition to employing industry experts in patents and scientific searching and retrieval as researchers, Science IP will also draw upon a team of CAS scientists with knowledge of specialized areas, including: Markush chemical structures, nucleic and amino acid sequences, polymers, molecular biology and genetics, material sciences, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals.
CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, is an organization of scientists creating and delivering digital information for scientific research and discovery. CAS publishes the print version of Chemical Abstracts (CA), related publications and CD-ROM services; operates the CAS Chemical Registry; produces a family of online databases; and offers the SciFinder desktop research tool. CAS operates STN International, a network of scientific and technical databases, in association with FIZ Karlsruhe in Germany and the Japan Science and Technology Corporation.