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IBM Offers Up Patents Database
INTELLECTUAL property lawyers have a new boon from Big Blue--one of the most comprehensive services for
finding and viewing information contained in more than 2 million U.S. patents issued in the past 26 years, which IBM
of offering for free on the Web.
IBM's Patent Server Site permits anyone with access to the Web to search and retrieve information free of charge
patents granted since 1971. Searches can be requested by patent number or by keyword in certain categories
as title, inventor, assignee, abstract, claims, attorney/agent and patent reference, IBM says. Full images of nearly 1
million U.S. patents issued since 1987 can also be viewed free of charge, the Somers, N.Y.-based IBM reports.
IBM says that it intends to add the images of the 1974-1986 patents during the first few months of 1997, and in time
to expand its patent server's capabilities to include searching of the full text of patents, international patent data and
links to other patent information vendors providing additional supplementary services.
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Speech Recognition Software
SpeechLaw Accommodates Free-Form Dictation Style
IF YOU'VE ever dreamed of dictating directly to your computer with the ease of speaking to a live stenographer, the
millennium may be at hand, according to SpeechLaw Inc., the Mission Viejo, Calif.-based company that is
Phillips Electronics' "Continuous Voice Recognition" technology for the legal profession with a new product called
The company says that Speechlaw differs dramatically from all other speech-recognition products on the market
because it is specifically designed for continuous, free form dictation rather than discrete speech, which requires
legal professionals to speak with short pauses between words. SpeechLaw's software adapts to an attorney's
dictation style, the company explains, and will not require special technical training.
The company has recognition modules available using Phillips' SpeechMagic voice recognition engine designed
commercial law and bankruptcy, with modules for personal injury and insurance defense expected early in 1997.
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