TINA Brandenburg Gmbh, one of the partners of the Innovation Relay Centre for North Germany, has recently published a double CD-ROM which contains information on over 4,000 patents from the former GDR. The CD-ROM has been compiled following the sifting through of over 40,000 former GDR patents. It contains information on products and processes in almost every area of technology, including: environmental technology, machine construction, chemistry, biochemistry, energy technology, scientific equipment, measurement and analysis techniques, etc. The patents selected all have the following shared qualities: - A high level of innovation; - The technical ability to convert; - Importance in technology transfer; - Potential for economic exploitation. The CD-ROM is primarily targeted at small and medium-sized enterprises who are looking for new product ideas or ideas on which to base the development of their own products.