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 08/2020 - Detailed information on 11.3 million publicly viewable patent applications filed with the USPTO along with nearly 4.2 million PCT applications through April 2020
Updated 07/2020 - Detailed information on millions of trademark applications filed with or registrations issued by the USPTO since 1870
Updated 04/2020 - Detailed data on trademark assignments and other transactions recorded at the USPTO since 1952
Updated 01/2020 - Detailed data patent assignments and other transactions recorded at the USPTO since 1970
Updated 12/2019 - Detailed patent litigation data on 81,350 unique district court cases filed during the period 1963-2016
Updated 12/2019 - Highly flexible API, search and download query builder, bulk download, and visualization interface for exploring and analyzing 40 years of patent data
Updated 11/2017 - Detailed information on millions of Office actions issued by examiners to applicants during the patent examination process.
Updated 10/2016 - Detailed information on claims from U.S. patents granted between 1976 and 2014 and U.S. patent applications published between 2001 and 2014
Updated 08/2016 - Detailed data on published patent applications and granted patents relevant to cancer research and development
Updated 06/2015 - Time series and micro-level data by high-level NBER technology categories on applications, grants, and in-force patents spanning two centuries of innovation
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.