Patent Litigation Docket Reports Data

The Patent Litigation Dataset has been updated as of December 2019 and now contains detailed patent litigation data on 81,350 unique district court cases filed during the period 1963-2016. OCE and partners at the University of San Diego Law School collected all of the data from the Public Access to Court Electronics Records (PACER) and RECAP, an independent project designed to serve as a repository for litigation data sourced from PACER. The final output datasets, provided in six different files, include information on the litigating parties involved and their attorneys; the cause of action; the court location; important dates in the litigation history; and descriptions of all documents submitted in a given case, which cover more than 5 million separate documents contained in the case docket reports. There is also a new sixth file with hand-coded information on patent-in-suit and case type for most cases filed between 2003 and 2016. 

A document describing the original data release is available and can be cited as: Marco, A., A. Tesfayesus, A. Toole (2017). “Patent Litigation Data from US District Court Electronic Records (1963-2015).” USPTO Economic Working Paper No. 2017-06. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2942295. There is also an addendum to the original document, which describes changes to the Dataset and can be accessed below.

A document describing the hand-coded patent and case type variables can be cited as Schwartz, D., T. Sichelman, R. Miller (2019). “USPTO Patent Number and Case Code File Dataset Documentation.” USPTO Economic Working Paper No. 2019-05. Available at SSRN: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3507607

The OCE developed these data files for public use and encourage users to identify fixes and improvements. Please provide all feedback to: EconomicsData@uspto.gov

Documentation

Data Files

Download full set of data files for 2016 [.csv format (350 MB)][.dta format (374 MB)]

Download full set of data files for 2015 [.dta format (280 MB)][.csv format (274 MB)]

Download individual data files:

File Name 2015 2016
cases DTA
3.13 MB
CSV
2.94 MB
DTA
4.42 MB
CSV
4.69 MB
names DTA
7.18 MB
CSV
6.92 MB
DTA
8.74 MB
CSV
8.74 MB
attorneys DTA
19.1 MB
CSV
28.4 MB
DTA
28.6 MB
CSV
37.3 MB
documents DTA
247 MB
CSV
233 MB
DTA
326 MB
CSV
294 MB
pacer_cases DTA
3.01 MB
CSV
2.34 MB
DTA
3.04 MB
CSV
2.63 MB
patents No
data
No
data
DTA
3.92 MB
CSV
2.89 MB

The direct download pages for 2015 data and for 2016 data are also available. 

Note: The DTA (Stata dataset) files are saved in the Stata-13 data file format for 2015 and the Stata-14 data file format for 2016.