Research datasets

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To advance research on matters relevant to intellectual property, entrepreneurship, and innovation, the Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) releases datasets to facilitate economic research on patents and trademarks—an element in the USPTO economics research agenda. OCE offers these data 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, OCE data releases support White House policy that champions transparency and access to government data under the Data.gov umbrella of initiatives. Since these data have not been commonly used in the research community, OCE provides supplementary documentation that comprehensively describes the data and presents initial findings.

The following datasets and accompanying documentation are available for download. The bolded date indicates when the page was last updated. It does not correspond to the end date of the dataset.

Updated 08/2021 - Includes two data files: the first identifying artificial intelligence related patents and pre-grant publications between 1976 and 2020 and the second containing the patent documents used to train the machine learning models generating the first data file

Updated 06/2021 - Detailed information on nearly 11.9 million publicly viewable patent applications filed with the USPTO along with more than 4.6 million PCT applications through April 2021

Updated 06/2021 - Detailed data patent assignments and other transactions recorded at the USPTO since 1970

Updated 05/2021 - Detailed information on millions of trademark applications filed with or registrations issued by the USPTO since 1870

Updated 05/2021 - Detailed data on trademark assignments and other transactions recorded at the USPTO since 1952

Updated 03/2021 - Highly flexible API, search and download query builder, bulk download, and visualization interface for exploring and analyzing 40 years of patent data

Updated 12/2019 - Detailed patent litigation data on 81,350 unique district court cases filed during the period 1963-2016

Legal authority

The release of these data is consistent with the agency's responsibility under 35 USC 2 to disseminate 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.