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Requests for data from the USPTO

Published onAug 10, 2021
Requests for data from the USPTO

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Community requests

  • Form || Responses

  • Discussion (Google Hangouts) : Monday 8/16 1300-1430 ET

  • Ask: ‘Describe any USPTO data that are not currently available publicly, and would foster useful research if systematically assembled and released.’

Summary / TOC

Additional data
Create/use IDs for patent-related drug coumpounds (1.)
Use standardized company name/ID (2.)
Ungranted patents pre-2000 (6.)
Characteristics of assignees + inventors (7., BHH)

I believe there is considerable interest in collecting race and gender info for inventors, for a number of reasons. I am not sure how far the USPTO has gone with this (BHH)

Timeline + clustering of TM registrations (11.)

Mapping + similarity data
Map assignees to company (2., 8.)

There is some question in my mind whether full mapping is the responsibility of the USPTO. But at least coding a correspondence between misspelled/nonstandardized company names would make sense. I believe for legal reasons they cannot change the assignee name even if it is misspelled or not in a standard form (BHH)

Track assignee/acquisition history (3, 8, 9) - cf. dynamic assignee panel (9)

In principle this is in PAIR but it would be nice if it were more convenient to access. Of course that doesn’t solve the nonreporting problem - I am not sure how big this is. (BHH)
Publish pairwise (or closest historical) similarity (5.)

Litigation data
Outcomes of patent litigation (4., 10.)

This is beyond the scope of USPTO. (BHH)

Data on ex post outcomes specifically + related metrics of quality (10.)

Policy change requests
Offer a streamlined way for students/researchers to access private data (6.)
Invite TM registrants to indicate related marks (11.)
Require assignees to reveal the Real Party of Interest, for public benefit. (9.)

Probably requires legislation (BHH)

Data feed of new USPTO data products (12.)
Hold more educational workshops for students (13.)
Where a request can’t be done yet, link to related resources (14.)

Full responses

  1. [Lucy Xiaolu Wang]

    IDs for patented or patent-related drug compounds
    Category: additional data (pharma ID)

Data wish: clean & processed identifiers of patented or patent-related drug compounds understanding IP-related issues in the pharmaceutical sector.

Key features: understanding IP-related issues in the pharmaceutical sector

Research this facilitates: firms' strategic patenting behavior; drug prices and patents; currently most health economists don't use patent data given the lack of relevant training and easily accessible compound-specific patent data.

  1. [Josh Krieger 1]

    Data wish: Better mapping from patent assignees to standardized company name, company type and location (i.e., public: ticker, private company: address, incorporated/registered year; individual).
    Category: mapping + company ID

  2. [Josh Krieger 2]
    Data wish: Assignee and acquisition history
    Research this facilitates: Ex: Wyeth Pharma patent granted in 2008....would be nice to have a file indicating whether or not the patent became owned by Pfizer in the 2009 merger
    Category: additional data

  3. [Josh Krieger 3]
    Data wish: Outcomes of patent litigation (to go with the Patent litigation dockets file)
    Category: additional data

  4. [Josh Krieger 4]
    Data wish: Pairwise patent text similarity files (or at least max backwards similarity, overall and within CPC)
    Category: additional data + mapping

  5. [Heidi Williams]
    Pre-Nov.2000 data on PTO applications that were not granted patents
    + A streamlined process to visit/access this data for research.
    Category: additional (private) data, policy

Data wish: Pre-Nov 2000 data on applications to the USPTO that were not granted patents

Key features: The post-Nov 2000 "unsuccessful patent applications" data has been incredibly useful in facilitating a variety of research projects

Other requests: I understand that these data can't be made publicly available, but it would be great to set up -- if possible -- a standardized, streamlined process through which students or others could visit the USPTO to analyze this data for research purposes.

  1. [Yi Qian]
    Characteristics of assignees or innovators, merging individual + firm data.
    + Links to where else (EPO, &c) IP is being protected.
    + Providing panel/merged data if available. (or listing relevant sources)
    Category: additional data

Data wish: assignees' or innovators' characteristics, where else (eg. EPO, etc.) being IP protected.

Key features: The merge of individual and firm (not just public firms but also private ones) characteristics and other syndicated databases

Research this facilitates: These characteristics could help analyze incentives and responses to innovate in different environment

Other requests: Availability of panel data or merged data, if available

  1. [Xixi Hu]

    Map assignees to companies (name, ticker, other ID).
    Track assignment changes over time (eg., between companies)
    Category: mapping, company ID, assignment tracking

Data wish: Better mapping from patent assignee to company name or ticker, as well as better tracking of the assignment changes between companies.

Key features: To understand the intellectual property development in the pharmaceutical industry.

Research this facilitates: why do firms strategically choose research/patent areas, firm behaviors. Currently, there is still a gap in research on firm's motivation, efficiency and behaviors.

Other requests: A list of the different data source where students can go and merge data if the data cannot be released publicly.

  1. [Tim Simcoe 1]

    Standard data on the ultimate patent owner (“Real Party in Interest” [RPI])
    + Improve the dynamic assignee panel
    + Adopt rules requiring assignees to reveal RPI, for public benefit.
    Category: mapping, assignment tracking, policy change

Data wish: Standardized data on ultimate owner (or what attorneys call “Real Party in Interest”).

Key features: Creating improvements to the dynamic assignee panel

Research this facilitates: Better measurement for papers with assignee effects, and improved patent-to-firm matching

Other requests: Ideally, PTO should adopt rules requiring assignees to reveal RPI (for public benefit).

  1. [ Tim Simcoe #2 ]

    Data on ex post outcomes in PTAB and in courts.
    Category: new data (trial outcomes)

Data wish: Curated data on ex post outcomes in PTAB and courts.
There is lots to unpack here, but the idea is to track: Was it ever asserted?
Was it challenged at PTAB? Did a court rule on validity or infringement?
Did the owner make a public licensing commitment? See:

Key features: Systematic collection of ex post "quality" metrics

Research this facilitates: Would enable more research into relationship between prosecution and long-term indicators of "quality" as interpreted by PTAB and district courts

  1. [Other 1]
    Timeline of TM registrations.
    Clustering of related marks assigned to the same entities.
    Adopt rules inviting registrants to identify clusters of related marks
    Category: mapping, cluster ID, policy

Data wish: Timeline of trademark registrations, clustered by related marks, showing when each comes into and falls out of force

Key features: Explicit rather than implicit end dates; explicit clustering of related marks; some cluster ID

Research this facilitates: Understanding the evolution of a family of marks over time, seeing gaps in registration coverage; distinguishing when similar marks appear in different fields vs. when a founding company branches out into a new field under the old mark.

Other requests: A feed of new PTO data products of all kinds, w/ links to existing products that it enhances or replaces

  1. [Other 2]
    A feed of new PTO data products, referencing related / superseded products
    Category: new data feed

  2. [Other 3 : Lucy Wang]

Hold more educational workshops (online) for interested learners
Category: new workshops

  1. [Other 4 : Xixi Hu]
    Other request: For the above: where requested data exists but can’t [yet] be compiled for lack of time, add pointers to related data sources on the PTO site for the closest existing dataset
    Category: website update

Data wish:
Key features:
Research this facilitates:
Other requests:

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