The USPTO makes patent and trademark public data available in bulk form, which can be used to load into databases or other analytical tools for research and analysis. Bulk data is generally provided in the form of ZIP or TAR files containing TIFF or PDF images, concatenated XML or structured ASCII files.
To look up an individual patent or trademark, you can get that information without using bulk data. USPTO searchable data is viewable through various search interfaces on the USPTO Web site, as well as through some free and commercial Web sites. To search patents, see Patent Full-Text. To search trademarks, see Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS).
For research data, visit the Office of the Chief Economist page.
Available from the USPTO
**New** Bulk Data Storage System (BDSS) (Released 10/1/15)
BDSS provides a single master repository of public raw bulk data hosted by the USPTO. Patent grant data begins in 1790, patent application data begins in 2001 and some trademark data begins in 1884. The files are updated with different frequencies, such as daily, weekly, monthly, bimonthly or yearly. The following types of files are available for download:
Issued Patents (Patent Grants) Data Products
Published Patent Applications (Pre-Grant Publications or PGPUBs) Data Products
Additional Patent Data Products
Trademark Data Products
PTMT - Patent Statistics Reports and Data Products
All patent and trademark bulk data products are available online from the USPTO at no charge.
Available from Reed Tech
In June 2013, the USPTO entered into a no-cost agreement with Reed Tech to make patent and trademark public bulk data available to anyone free of charge. This bulk data can be accessed at http://patents.reedtech.com or http://trademarks.reedtech.com.
Reed Tech continues work on a special data product consisting of Public PAIR (Patent Application Information Retrieval) data, including image data, which is not currently available from the USPTO in bulk form. To facilitate distribution and benefit the entire community of data users, USPTO authorizes Reed Tech to "mine" the data from its Web site during hours of low usage. This arrangement serves as a bridge until such time that the USPTO is able to directly offer this data in bulk format. This Public PAIR bulk data can be accessed at: http://patents.reedtech.com/Public-PAIR.php.
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