Why USPTO open data?


"Open data" is publicly available data that is structured in a way that enables the data to be fully discoverable and usable by end users. It can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone. Its value lies not only in what it does today, but also in what it can do in the future. It is a valuable national resource and a strategic asset to the federal government, its partners, and the public.

“It’s been nearly impossible to unlock this valuable data effectively in the past, but by leveraging emerging technologies such as big data and machine learning, we are able to better serve our customers” -- USPTO Chief Data Strategist Thomas A. Beach.

Nobody doubts the value of data today. The USPTO has been in the business of "open data" since the very beginning of our agency's history. We created this portal to improve the discoverability, accessibility, and usability of public patent and trademark data to harness the power of data. The Developer Hub establishes a shareable, and "social" platform, for anyone in this community to showcase unique ways they're using our data, combining it with other data sets, such as economic and geographic data. Through this forum users can leverage the power of the crowd to unlock our data to answer questions about trends in technology and innovation but also to provide input on other types of data sets we should release.

We are continuing to release APIs so that anyone with the most basic programming experience will be able to explore our data according to their own interests, curiosity, and business needs. This makes it easier for innovators to further mine this data, helping to inform our customers where to spend their limited research and development resources, and providing a much more detailed view of the competitive landscape than previously available.

We've gathered much of our data into accessible collections for you, and will collect more; so discover, engage and share your innovation through data in our community!