May 27, 2022

Open Data: A New USPTO Tool Offers Exploration of 40 Years of U.S. Patent Data

From the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office:

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today launched PatentsView, a new patent data visualization platform. The PatentsView beta search tool allows members of the public to interact with nearly 40 years of data on patenting activity in the United States.

PatentsView allows users explore technological, regional, and individual-level patent trends via search filters with multiple viewing options. The database links inventors, their organizations, locations, and overall patenting activity using enhanced 1976-2014 data from public USPTO bulk data files.


Development of PatentsView began in 2012 as collaboration between the USPTO, USDA, the Center for the Science of Science and Innovation Policy, the University of California at Berkeley, Twin Arch Technologies, AIR, and Periscopic. The beta platform will continue to evolve and expand, with public input encouraged as development moves forward.

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