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Minesoft develops patent information services and tools, linking technical, legal, bibliographic and full text patent information for patent professionals and research specialists.

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Solvay is an international chemicals and pharmaceuticals group with headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. It employs about 32,000 people in 50 countries. In 2000 its consolidated sales amounted to EUR 8.9 billion generated by its four activity sectors: chemicals, plastics, processing and pharmaceuticals. Solvay is listed in the Euronext 100 index of top European companies (www.solvay.com).

Philippe Jacques of Solvay's Technical Information Department comments: "In our opinion, the PatentOrder intranet solution is a very efficient and professional way of distributing patent specifications throughout our organization at low cost ..." "in order to speed up the innovation process, it is important for Solvay to have access very rapidly to patent information. Before the installation of PatentOrder, all patent specification orders were addressed to different internal libraries, holding limited internal patent collections. Normally, a requested patent specification was delivered within 2 or 3 days. PatentOrder now allows all Solvay's end-users to have access to the requested documents within a few minutes. PatentOrder also allows for very flexible management of archived documents and an easy electronic distribution of patent documents without having to send large PDF files. Moreover, PatentOrder is remarkably customisable. For example, its integration into an in-house database web interface was realised in a few hours. "Finally, the really excellent support offered by Minesoft has to be pointed out!"

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BP is one of the world's largest petroleum and petrochemicals companies. BP employs over 100,000 staff and is active in over 100 countries worldwide. Revenue in 2000 exceeded $160 billion. BP has well-established operations in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australasia and Africa (www.bp.com).

Chris Elliott of BP's Patents & Agreements Department in Sunbury, UK comments: "For patent professionals and technical research staff, the recent availability on the web of free patent specifications promised to revolutionise the (often) tedious process of retrieving full patent documents. In theory, the former route of submitting requests to a document supply department and waiting for a printed copy (from a CD-ROM or via fax delivery) had been streamlined. However, because the EPO and USPTO offer only page by page display, it took the arrival of Minesoft's PatentOrder software to automate smoothly the whole process and make it possible for anyone at a company site to receive quickly at his/her workstation a single electronic PDF file of a desired patent. This elegant and effective solution is widely appreciated at BP."

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Siemens AG is a leading international electronics group active in six areas: Information and Communications, Automation and Control, Power, Transportation, Medical, and Lighting. Siemens employs over 460,000 staff in over 190 countries, and spends €5.6 billion annually on R&D (www.siemens.com).

Roland Herberger of Siemens Intellectual Property Support in Munich, Germany, comments: "We bought a global license for Minesoft's PatentOrder because it provides an efficient and cost-effective solution that is now offered to more and more Intranet users at Siemens... we need high-speed retrieval of full text PDF patent documents on the Internet, especially from the European Patent Office Public Server, because of the very large facsimile document collection now available..."

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