Dialog Offers Free Cost Recovery Service; Derwent World Patents Index First View

Mar 19, 2004

Dialog, a Thomson business and provider of online-based information services and integrated information solutions, has announced Dialog BillBack and the availability of Derwent World Patents Index First View through Dialog Services. BillBack is a free, Web-based cost-recovery service that tracks online research charges and generates usage reports for client invoicing or internal budgeting. It is available through its Dialog Profound and Dialog NewsRoom services. Dialog BillBack will be available for Dialog Intelliscope, Dialog Company Profiles, and Dialog NewsEdge later this year when new versions of these services are introduced.

Dialog earlier this month launched an upgraded technology platform and a new interface for its business information, news, and market research services, on which new versions of Dialog Profound and Dialog NewsRoom are now operating. Dialog BillBack is designed to enable Dialog subscribers to track research costs by client, account group, subaccounts, project, user, date range, or by a number of other criteria. Highly customized reports can be generated, automatically on a scheduled basis or as needed, for use in invoicing or departmental budgeting. Options are available for how the reports are formatted and delivered, with reports downloadable into spreadsheets, accounting systems, and databases. Taxes, if applicable, can be calculated and added automatically, with customization available for different currencies and tax systems. Companies can determine who on their staffs have access to manage and review Dialog BillBack reports.

Dialog has also announced that Derwent World Patents Index First View, a new alerting companion file to Derwent World Patents Index, is now available through its Dialog-branded family of online services. DWPI First View (File 331) is a continuously updated database of recently published patents from patent-issuing authorities. The rolling file contains details of new patent documents in advance of their inclusion in Derwent World Patents Index (Files 351and 352), a database of patent documents used by scientists, business, and legal researchers, intellectual property managers, and competitive intelligence professionals.

Dialog customers may familiarize themselves with DWPI First View on Dialog with no connect-time or DialUnits charges until May 1, 2004. Information in DWPI First View includes enhanced bibliographic data for new patents, along with original titles, abstracts, and images of technical drawings. English-language translations are available for patents from China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Russia.

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