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System DataSureChem
Owner NameMacmillan Publishers Ltd.
Intellogist ReportSureChem
AddressThe Macmillan Building
4 Crinan Street
London N1 9XW
Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Main Telephone+44 (0) 207 014 4192
Main Facsimile
Customer Support
Tool TypePatent Search Systems
Interface LanguageEnglish
Overall Rating
  • Currently 4.50 / 5
Rating: 4.5/5 (2 votes)
Data Coverage Rating
  • Currently 5.00 / 5
Rating: 5.0/5 (2 votes)
Document Delivery Rating
  • Currently 2.00 / 5
Rating: 2.0/5 (2 votes)
Import/Export Functions Rating
  • Currently 5.00 / 5
Rating: 5.0/5 (2 votes)
Value Rating
  • Currently 4.00 / 5
Rating: 4.0/5 (2 votes)
Usability Rating
  • Currently 4.50 / 5
Rating: 4.5/5 (2 votes)
Interface Functionality Rating
  • Currently 5.00 / 5
Rating: 5.0/5 (2 votes)
Search Accuracy Rating
  • Currently 4.00 / 5
Rating: 4.0/5 (2 votes)
Company Strength Rating
  • Currently 5.00 / 5
Rating: 5.0/5 (2 votes)
Customer Support Rating
  • Currently 5.00 / 5
Rating: 5.0/5 (2 votes)
Data Coverage SureChem
Full Text: Patent Authority CoverageUS, EP, WO/PCT
Full Text: Patent Kind CoverageUS - Published Applications, Granted Patents; EP - Published Applications, Granted Patents; WO - Published International PCT Applications
Full Text: Number of Authorities3
Partial Text: Patent Authority CoverageJP
Partial Text: Patent Text CoveredJP - English Abstracts
Bibliographic: Patent Authority CoverageN/A
Machine Pre-Translated Datano No
Full Document Images: Patent Authority Coverageno No
Representative/Front Page Imagesno No
Full Patent Drawing Setsno No
Corporate Tree Datayes Yes, top 200 biotech companies are standardized with subsidiaries when "Assignee Hit List" is generated. (SureChem Pro only).
Non-Patent Coverageyes Yes
Non-Patent SourcesMedline
Special Indexingyes Yes, all records are indexed by chemical structure.
Update FrequencyChemical indexing within 24 hours. Documents are added at regular update schedules (usually weekly).
Comments on Missing CoverageN/A
Family DataSureChem
Inpadoc Family Data Coverageno No
Types of Family DefinitionN/A
Derwent WPI Family Coverageno No
Citation DataSureChem
Backward Citationsyes Yes
Forward Citationsno No
Citation Data CoverageUS granted patents, EP granted patents and applications.
Special Features of Citation SearchClicking a hyperlinked patent number takes you to the record if SureChem has it.
Citation Visualization Toolno No
Legal Status DataSureChem
Legal Status Data Includedno No
Legal Status Data SourcesN/A
Classification DataSureChem
Current US Classyes Yes
Original US Classno No
IPC - Ryes Yes
Original IPC data (v1-v7)no No
Japanese File Index Termsno No
Japanese F-Termsno No
Other National Classification Systemsno No
Search Interface FunctionalitySureChem
Search Formyes Yes
Command Line Style Interfaceyes Yes
Index Browsing Featureno No
Allowed OperatorsOnly Boolean operators are available
TruncationOne character or unlimited left, right and internal. Simultaneous truncation available.
Unique Features of the Search InterfaceMarvinSketch allows users to create or check SMILES codes for chemical structure searching.
Viewing ResultsSureChem
Max Hit List SizeUnlimited
Single Representative Imageno No
View Full Document Imageno No
Patent Drawing Thumbnail Overviewno No
Family Sortingno No
Sorting by Other CriteriaChronological and confidence.
On-the-Fly Machine Translationsno No
Keyword Term Highlightingyes Yes
Keyword Term Navigationno No
User-Defined Highlightingyes Yes, users can select chemical terms to highlight or not highlight in record view.
Highlighting Feature Supports Proximity Operatorsno No
Save Custom Lists From Search Resultsno No
Combining Custom Patent Listno No
Unique Features of The Record ViewTabbed view of front page, claims, summary, and description.
Search HistorySureChem
Saving Search Queriesyes Yes
Organizing Search QueriesN/A
Stored Search Query Expiration TimeN/A
Combining Search Queriesno No
Exporting Search Historiesno No, Each search string must be copied into an outside document as soon as it is conducted.
Alertsyes Yes
Import, Export and DownloadSureChem
Import List of Document Numbersyes Yes, patent numbers may be entered into the browser window.
Export Document Datayes Yes, export functions for individual record or hit list to Microsoft Word or Email. Chemical structures can be exported to Microsoft Excel, Word, or Email.
Formats for Export DataMicrosoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Email.
Individual Patent Copy Downloadingyes Yes
Bulk Patent Copy Downloadingno No
File Format for Patent Copy DownloadsPDF
Statistical Analysisyes Yes
Graphsno No
Keyword Analysisno No
Customer SupportSureChem
Cost/Usage TrackingN/A
On-Site Trainingno No
Scheduled Web Seminarsno No
Live Helpno No
Online User Guideno No
Pricing PolicySureChem is available via subscription; pricing depends on length of subscription. Day, week, month, quarter, and year long subscriptions available
Primary System StrengthsOffers reasonable cost chemical structure searching over coverage of major patent databases and MEDLINE; drawing and highlighting functions assist users in finding chemical structures.
Weaknesses and AnnoyancesNo search history.
Overall AssessmentHighly effective chemical structure searching tool with valuable chemical indexing. Is not a substitute for more complex tools such as STN that can do more detailed chemical searching.
Company StrengthMacmillan is a large publishing company that can afford to support SureChem as they continue to increase the quality of the system.
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