Together with the Japanese patent database JAPIO, STN now offers two valuable sources of patent information from Asia.,The Korean patents reflect a flourishing economy. After 40 years of rapid economic development, the Republic of Korea is now one of the important industrialized countries (member of the OECD since 1996). Ranked by gross national product, the Korean economy is the world's no. 12. KOREAPAT (Korean Patent Abstracts), produced by the Korean Institute of Patent Information (KIPI) on behalf of the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), is a patent database which provides access to Korean patent information from all areas of science and technology in English language. The database covers Korean examined patents (B-documents) from 1979-2001 and Korean unexamined patents (A-documents) from 2000 onwards. KOREAPAT records contain inventor and assignee data, publication information, and International Patent Classification codes. Titles and abstracts in English language, newly phrased by the KIPO, add to the informative value. More than 440,000 images of representative drawings are also included. The database currently contains more than 485,000 records and is updated four to five times per year (approx. 80.000 new records per year). Records appear about 4 months after publication in Korea. All information in KOREAPAT can be accessed through STN's powerful search functions. Search terms may be entered individually, or logically concatenated in a combined search. Only results matching all predefined criteria are retrieved. Simultaneous left and right truncation (searches using the root of a word, with prefixes and/or suffixes substituted by question marks) is also possible. Full-text publications on the searched subjects can be ordered online, using the STN Full-Text-Solution providing connections to various document delivery services, or through FIZ Karlsruhe's document delivery broker service FIZ AutoDoc (http://autodoc.fiz-karlsruhe.de) . The more than 220 databases hosted on STN International can be accessed by dialing in to STN's online service using its powerful proprietary client software, STN Express with Discover! (now available in its new, enhanced version 7.01) or over the Internet using a standard web browser (http://stnweb.fiz-karlsruhe.de). At a later time, KOREAPAT may also be available in STN Easy, the point-and-click interface for occasional searchers unfamiliar with the STN command language (http://stneasy.fiz-karlsruhe.de). For further information please contact: FIZ Karlsruhe,STN Europe,P.O. Box 2465,76012 Karlsruhe, Germany,Phone: +49-7247-808-555,Fax: +49-7247-808-259,E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org,http://www.stn-international.de Press contact:,Rüdiger Mack,Phone: +49-7247-808-513,Fax: +49-7247-808-131,E-mail: Ruediger.Mack@fiz-karlsruhe.deFIZ Karlsruhe produces and markets scientific and technical information services in print and electronic form worldwide. In co-operation with national and international institutions, FIZ Karlsruhe produces databases in the fields of energy, nuclear research and technology, crystallography, polymer technology, mathematics, computer science and physics, and provides a search service for R&D in corporations and institutions. ,FIZ Karlsruhe also operates STN International in Europe. STN International (The Scientific & Technical Information Network), the worlds leading online service in science and technology, offers access to more than 220 bibliographic, factual and full-text databases with approx. 450 million documents from all fields of science and technology, among them the worlds largest and most important patent files. ,STN International is jointly operated by FIZ Karlsruhe, Germany; Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), Columbus, OH, USA; and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Tokyo.