First Call Acquires Patent For Research Direct, Full-Text, Graphical Service

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The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office recently approved Thomson Financial Services Inc.'s First Call Corp.'s request for a patent for its Research Direct service. It is unclear whether the patent will affect rival research distribution vendor Multex Systems Inc.; both systems rely on enabling software from Adobe Systems Inc.

Roland Beaulieu, senior executive vice president and chief operating officer of First Call, says Thomson pursued the patent as part of an operationwide effort to protect Tho

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