FIZ Karlsruhe, a European provider of information services, and European partner of science and technology online service STN International, has launched PATDPAFULL, a full-text patent database providing German language access to German patent and utility documents in all technologies. Jointly produced by FIZ Karlsruhe and the German Patent & Trademark Office (DPMA), PATDPAFULL includes German patent applications and granted patents, translations of European patent documents, and German utility models. Database records comprise bibliographic data, International Patent Classification codes, abstract, claims, and the full text of the description of the patent. PATDPAFULL will contain over 350,000 records on release and will be supplemented by a rolling program of backfile enhancement. By the end of April 2003 the file is expected to include the full text of German published patent applications since 1987; granted patents from 1990; translations of European patent documents from 1998; and German utility models from 1999. Front page images will also be added at a later date. PATDPAFULL will be updated weekly, with updates available within two to three days after publication by the DPMA. Automatic current-awareness searches (SDIs) will also run weekly. Other full-text databases already available include EUROPATFULL, PCTFULL and USPATFULL. STN International can be accessed by dialing in to STN's online service using its proprietary client software, STN Express with Discover! It can also be accessed directly over the Internet using a standard web browser.