PatentsView is a patent data visualization and analysis platform intended to increase the value, utility, and transparency of US patent data. The initiative is supported by the Office of the Chief Economist in the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). The PatentsView platform is built on a regularly updated database that longitudinally links inventors, their organizations, locations, and overall patenting activity.

PatentsView delivers US patent data in ways that enable it to be fully discoverable and exploitable by various end users. The highly flexible API serves programmers and application developers. The bulk data download page allows users to work with the entire database in their preferred local environment. The search and download query builder enables users to identify and retrieve particular subsets of the database. The search and visualization interface provides the general public unique ways to interactively explore 40 years of US patent data.

PatentsView uses data derived from USPTO bulk data files. These data are provided for research purposes and do not constitute the official USPTO record.

Recent updates from the PatentsView team


October 2016

PatentsView Workshop on Engaging User Communities

The theme of the 2016 workshop was “New Tools for Open Patent Data.” At the workshop, the USPTO officially launched a new PatentsView data query builder that allows users to easily search and download specific subsets of PatentsView data. Workshop participants joined from numerous federal agencies, including National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, and US Census Bureau, as well as from private, nongovernmental, and legal firms.  USPTO attendees included members of the Office of the Chief Economist, the patent examiner community, representatives from the Office of the Chief Information Officer, and the Patent and Trademark Resource Center staff.

Web Tool: PatentsView Query Builder(link is external)
Event web site: PatentsView Workshop of Engaging User Communities
Webcast: Workshop recording

September 2015

PatentsView Disambiguation Workshop

The 2015 workshop culminated an intensive effort to identify innovative approaches to inventor name disambiguation. Research teams from the United States, Europe, Australia, and China submitted their disambiguation algorithms and results in the run-up to the workshop. Nicholas Monath and Andrew McCallum from the University of Massachusetts Amherst authored the successful algorithm that is now integrated into the PatentsView data platform. 

Web Tool: PatentsView Beta(link is external)
Workshop Information: Results(link is external)
Event web site: PatentsView Inventor Disambiguation Workshop
Press Release: New USPTO Tool Allows Exploration of 40 Years of Patent Data