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Robert Massie wins IPI award

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Robert Massie, president of Chemical Abstracts Service, has been awarded the International Patent Information Award 2011 for his 'significant achievements towards the advancement of patent information.'

According to the selection board, 'Massie’s impact on Chemical Abstracts when he took over in 1992 was phenomenal.  Before that time, CAS had not given the highest priority to patents, and processing of chemical patents had significant delays. Massie supported his team in completely re-engineering the document handling process. During Bob’s tenure, he oversaw many important innovations such as SciFinder, STN AnaVist, and successive versions of STN Express.  The development of SciFinder was of utmost importance, providing chemists with easy and direct desktop access to patents and literature.'

The announcement was made at the International Patent Information Conference and Exposition, IPI-ConfEx, held in Seville, Spain. The presentation ceremony will take place during the upcoming annual meeting of the Patent Information Users Group in May.