PatentsView Inventor Disambiguation Workshop

Join us to learn more about the challenge of inventor disambiguation (distinguishing inventors with the same name from each other within data sets) and our collaborative efforts to develop solutions to this problem. Experts in patent data, open data, science, and innovation will showcase novel approaches for differentiating inventors with the same name across nearly 40 years of U.S. patent data.  Teams will present their new algorithms, which were submitted to a panel of judges prior to the event. The winning team’s algorithm will be integrated into a newly-developed web tool called PatentsView and made available to the public.

PatentsView is a prototype web tool that will launch this month. Users can search data as far back as 1976 by patent titles and types, inventors, assignees, patent classes, locations and dates. Each search includes graphic illustrations such as charts and maps.  These data visualizations quickly reveal concentrations of patent activity and trends.  PatentsView is just one component of a much broader agency-wide open data initiative at the USPTO. We seek to improve the discoverability, accessibility, and usability of the public’s valuable patent and trademark information.  

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8:30 - 9:00Registration
9:00 - 9:15

Russell Slifer, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO

9:15 – 9:30Introduction to PatentsView and the workshop goals Alan Marco, Chief Economist, USPTO
9:30 – 12:30Research Team Presentations (presenter in bold)

New approaches to inventor disambiguation

  • Sam Ventura, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Nicholas Monath, U Mass Amherst IESL
    Andrew McCallum,  U Mass Amherst IESL
  • Bart Van Looy, KU Leuven
    Isabelle They, KU Leuven
    Tom Magerman, KU Leuven
    Eric Iversen, KU Leuven
    Gianluca Tarasconi, KU Leuven
  • Zhen Lei, Penn State University
    Wang-Chien Lee, Penn State University
    Tao-yang Fu, Penn State University
  • Luciano Kay, InnovationPulse
    Carlos Mozzati, InnovationPulse
  • Stephen Petrie, Centre for Transformative Innovation (CTI) at Swinburne University of Technology
    T'mir Julius, Centre for Transformative Innovation (CTI) at Swinburne University of Technology
  • Yang Guancan, Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China(ISTIC)
    Team Members: Zhang Jing, Chen Liang, Yang Guancan, Wang Daoren (students)
12:30 – 1:30Lunch – USPTO Cafeteria
1:30 – 2:30

Research Session
Academic and industry perspective on research using these computational approaches with patent or related data

  • Erica Fuchs, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Lee Giles, Penn State University
  • Francesco Lissoni, University Bordeaux
2:30 – 3:00

Workshop Outcomes
Presented by Joe Bailey, USPTO

3:00 – 4:00Open Data and Data Science for Government
  • Daniel Castro, VP at Information Technology & Innovation Foundation
  • Julia Lane, New York University and U.S. Census Bureau
  • Peter Tseronis, CTO at Department of Energy
4:00 – 5:00Meet & greet with research teams and attendees