Reliable information is the basis for business-critical decisions in research, for example, if new drugs are to be developed. Patent and information specialists in global enterprises in the chemistry, pharma, and technology sectors, as well as in patent attorney firms, patent offices and research institutions use STN as one of their main sources of information. A targeted search in the STN databases provides current and complete information on the respective questions, and the results form a valid basis for decisions on further economic and strategic actions. STN customers can, in a targeted manner,
apply for patents and protect their inventions against imitators
avoid costly patent litigation
avoid the risk of expensive duplicate research
keep an eye on their competitors’ activities in the market
identify technological trends at an early stage
What does STN offer?
STN offers more than 130 high-quality databases in science, medicine, technology, and patent information. The databases can be searched with one uniform retrieval language. STN supports text, numerical, chemical structure, and bio-sequence searches. Sophisticated features allow for analysis and visualization of results.
Customers may either search the STN databases themselves or commission the experts from FIZ Karlsruhe’s Search Service with a targeted search.
Since 1984, STN International has been operated and further developed in close collaboration between FIZ Karlsruhe and CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service, USA). FIZ Karlsruhe is the service partner for all European STN customers.
FIZ Karlsruhe supports STN customers in manifold ways. Scientists from the helpdesk team answer all questions regarding STN. Search skills are taught in workshops. FIZ Karlsruhe holds STN user meetings and STN patent forums at regular intervals.