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Derwent Innovations Index: Identify Biomedical Advances and Forecast Technological Trends

Over 80% of technical information in patents are not published in scientific/ medical literature. This one-hour class will review the importance of patent literature in fostering innovation and the formulation of research questions. Derwent Innovations Index (DII) covers worldwide chemical, electronic, electrical, and mechanical engineering patents from 1963 to present, with expanded titles, rewritten abstracts, and additional indexing. The instructor will review DII’s advantages and demonstrate its use in harnessing patent data to research drugs and medical devices in development and as part of a state-of-the-art background review; and support research into breakthrough discoveries and innovative applications of existing knowledge, from initial discovery to patenting decisions. This resource is available to NIH staff via the NIH Library’s Web of Science platform.  

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