STN Global Value Pricing Agreement Supports the Swedish Patent and Registration Office in Providing High-Quality and Efficient Examination

The Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV) recently became the first patent authority worldwide to sign an STN Global Value Pricing agreement, providing their examiners with extended patent information and unlimited access to the unique content, powerful tools, and reliable support that have been the hallmark of STN International for more than 30 years.

Columbus, Ohio / Karlsruhe / Stockholm, September 2014 – The Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV) and STN International, the leading platform for searching research and patent information, have signed a Global Value Pricing agreement providing PRV examiners unlimited access to the high-quality patent, non-patent and substance content unique to STN. Key databases available through STN include authoritative chemistry content from CAS, patent content from FIZ Karlsruhe and Thomson Reuters as well as a wide variety of patent and non-patent resources from prestigious providers that cover the broad spectrum of science and technology. Approximately 95% of the world”s patent applications are reviewed by patent offices that use STN.

The Global Value Pricing agreement also provides PRV access to the new web-based STN search platform that offers a project-oriented workflow and intuitive interface designed to align with the needs of patent examiners and IP professionals. New STN leverages cutting-edge technology to deliver enhanced search power and advanced tools to support searching the growing global volume of published information.

“STN Global Value Pricing incorporates customer feedback and recent market trends to empower users to maximize the value STN can create for their entire organization,” says Dr. Rainer Stuike-Prill, Vice President Marketing & Sales at FIZ Karlsruhe. “Having unlimited access to STN in an intuitive interface allows patent examiners to focus on efficiently finding all relevant publications rather than worrying about costs, optimizing the quality and speed of examination.”

Global Value Pricing standardly includes the complete collection of high-quality STN content and all interfaces and features under a single flat-fee contract, rather than requiring customers to select and pay for individual content entitlements. This provides enhanced budget predictability and simplifies administration.

“PRV strives to be among the top authorities within our area regarding short delivery times and high processing and examination quality. STN helps us to accomplish this by their modern and efficient platform for retrieving updated information from relevant databases,” comments Johan Winther, Head of Patent Information at PRV. “Our patent examiners highly appreciate the new STN platform since searches now can be done without limitation of possible hits. Unlimited access under Global Value Pricing will simplify administration and ensure that we can make the best use of this valuable resource.”

The choice made by PRV to provide unlimited STN access to their examiners, allowing them freedom to fully utilize its high-quality content and tools to optimize their work, reflects their strong commitment to quality. PRV is one of the few intellectual property offices globally to achieve ISO 9001 quality certification of its entire operation demonstrating this outstanding commitment.

About STN
The choice of patent experts, only STN® offers access to trusted scientific and technical information including the authoritative chemistry content from CAS and patent content from Thomson Reuters” Derwent World Patents Index®. Intellectual property professionals and patent examiners at the world”s major patent offices and research organizations rely on STN for their information needs. STN is operated jointly by CAS and FIZ Karlsruhe worldwide.

Additional Information:
FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany
Phone: +49 7247 808-555
Fax: +49 7247 808-259
E-mail: helpdesk(at)

Press Contact:
FIZ Karlsruhe, Rüdiger Mack (Marketing Communications)
Phone: +49 7247 808-513
E-mail: ruediger.mack(at)

About PRV, the Swedish Patent and Registration Office
PRV is a national and international authority responsible for patent, design and trademark protection. Being a PCT authority (RO/ISA/IPEA) since 1978, we are entrusted to examine PCT applications as well as to give preliminary opinion regarding patentability. With 120 patent examiners, we cover all technological fields. PRV has access to first-rate databases and offers search and advisory services in all areas of our operations.

Additional Information:
PRV InterPat
Box 5055
102 42 Stockholm
Phone: +46 8 782 28 85
E-mail: interpat(at)

Press Contact:
Patent and databases
Johan Winther
Head of Patent Information
Phone: +46 (0) 8 782 28 00
E-mail: johan.winther(at)

For search and advisory services, please see:

About CAS
Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), a division of the American Chemical Society, is the world”s authority for chemical information. CAS is the only organization in the world whose objective is to find, collect and organize all publicly disclosed chemical substance information. A team of scientists worldwide curates and controls the quality of our databases, which are recognized as the most comprehensive and authoritative by chemical and pharmaceutical companies, universities, government organizations and patent offices around the world. By combining these databases with advanced search and analysis technologies (SciFinder® and STN®), CAS delivers the most current, complete, secure and interlinked digital information environment for scientific discovery. Learn more at

CAS Contact
Rhonda Ross

About FIZ Karlsruhe
FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure is a non-profit corporation and the largest non-university institution for information infrastructure in Germany. Our mission is to supply scientists and companies with professional research and patent information as well as to develop innovative information services. FIZ Karlsruhe strives to strengthen the transfer of knowledge in Germany and abroad and to support the promotion of innovation.

Our business areas:
– STN International – the world”s leading online service for research and patent information in science and technology
– KnowEsis – innovative e-Science solutions to support the process of research in all its stages (e.g., research data management), and throughout all scientific disciplines
– Databases and Information Services – Databases and science portals in mathematics, computer science, crystallography, chemistry, and energy technology

FIZ Karlsruhe is a member of the Leibniz Association, which comprises more than 80 institutions involved in research activities and/or the development of scientific infrastructure. Learn more by visiting us at Follow us on Twitter (@fiznews).

FIZ Karlsruhe
Robert Hauser
H-v-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

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