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1.0.0 | Patents

Discover people and companies and visualize trends.

The PatentsView API is intended to inspire the exploration and enhanced understanding of US intellectual property (IP) and innovation systems. The database driving the API is regularly updated and integrates the best available tools for inventor disambiguation and data quality control. We hope researchers and developers alike will explore the API to discover people and companies and to visualize trends and patterns across the US innovation landscape.

Mar 1st, 2017


Glenn Webb

The client application for PatentsView is quite elegant. However, I notice that in order to review and/or download the actual patent documents, the link sends the user to Google/patent. My understanding is that particular database has been deprecated. Is there any API to directly access the uspto or ReedTech databases to review and/or download individual patents other than by bulk downloads?


Unfortunately, the USPTO does not currently provide a true API endpoint to download individual patents. You can view/download individual patents though PatFT (


This API definitely seems robust. I am trying to figure out how I can find a patent by giving the last names of two inventors. I can't for the life of me figure out how this can be done. For example, if I wanted to find a patent that has (at least) two authors, one with last name "Smith" and another with last name "Jones", how would I do this? I appreciate the help and the great API!


Please send any questions and additional feedback you have about this API to the PatentsView team at Thanks!

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