The new online file RUSSIAPAT, produced by the Russian Agency for Patents and Trademarks (ROSPATENT), Federal Institute of Industrial Property (FIPS), Moscow, covers Russian patented inventions from 1994 to the present. It currently contains about 300,000 records and about 245,000 images. Titles and abstracts are in English, thus providing access to this valuable information also to those unfamiliar with Russian language and characters. Besides titles and abstracts, RUSSIAPAT records contain the International Patent Classification (IPC) codes, and inventor, assignee and patent application information. A new, unique feature is the possibility of accessing all drawings available from the full document, i.e. the drawing from the first page, drawings from the drawing attachment, and embedded drawings from the complete text. A special display field provides an indication of the number and size of all available drawings. RUSSIAPAT is updated three times a month. Automatic current-awareness alerts are also available: At each database update the system checks if any new answers have been added that match a user's saved search profile. Where such matches are found, the answers are then made available or forwarded to the user. All information in RUSSIAPAT 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. STN International is one of the world's leading providers of patent information. The information network offers professional solutions in the field of patent rights. Powerful search and analysis tools allow comprehensive and efficient information retrieval from more than 30 national and international patent databases covering patent information from more than 70 countries. STN is the only online service offering Chemical Abstracts and Derwent World Patents Index®, two renowned databases with valuable content in the field of patents, on one single platform. Innovative software solutions allow detailed analysis and concise visualization of complex data. 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!, or over the Internet using a standard web browser (http://stnweb.fiz-karlsruhe.de). At a later date, RUSSIAPAT will also be available via 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: email@example.com,http://www.fiz-karlsruhe.de,http://www.stn-international.de Press contact:,Rüdiger Mack,Phone: +49-7247-808-513,Fax: +49-7247-808-136,E-mail: Ruediger.Mack@fiz-karlsruhe.deAn international scientific service institution, FIZ Karlsruhe is dedicated to providing information services and solutions for both information management and scholarly communication. For almost three decades, FIZ Karlsruhe has been offering its high-quality, value-added information services to scientists from all over the world involved in academic and industrial R&D, as well as to decision makers in business and administration. In cooperation with national and international institutions, FIZ Karlsruhe produces and provides databases in various fields of science and technology, including patent information. Its main business area is STN International (The Scientific & Technical Information Network), jointly operated by FIZ Karlsruhe, Germany; Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), Columbus, OH, USA; and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Tokyo.