To advance research on matters relevant to intellectual property, entrepreneurism, and innovation, the Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) releases datasets to allow for study of the economics of patents and trademarks--an element in the USPTO economics research agenda. OCE presents these data for the first time in forms convenient for public use and academic research, consistent with the agency’s responsibility to make patent and trademark information open and transparent. Furthermore, it supports White House policy championing transparency and access to government under the “data.gov” umbrella of initiatives. Since these data have not been commonly used in the research community, OCE has developed supplementary documentation providing a comprehensive description of datasets and offering initial findings.
The following datasets and accompanying documentation are available for download.
Trademark Case Files Dataset
The Trademark Case Files Dataset contains detailed information on 7.0 million trademark applications filed with or registrations issued by the USPTO between 1870 and January 2013. It is derived from the USPTO main database for administering trademarks and includes data on mark characteristics and designs, prosecution events, ownership, classification, renewal history, foreign priority, and international registration. The Trademark Case Files Dataset is updated annually.
Trademark Assignment Dataset
The USPTO allows parties to record assignments of trademark applications and registrations to maintain a complete history of claimed interests in a mark. The Trademark Assignment Dataset contains detailed information on 786,931 assignments and other transactions recorded at the USPTO between 1952 and 2013 and involving 1,491,485 million unique trademark properties. The Trademark Assignment Dataset is updated annually.
The release of these data is consistent with the agency’s responsibility under 35 USC 2 to make information about patents and trademarks available to the public. Providing research datasets to allow for study of the economics of patents and trademarks is also an element in the USPTO economics research agenda. Furthermore, it supports the Obama administration’s policy championing transparency and access to government under the “data.gov” umbrella of initiatives.