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  • Patent Data Show That Companies Invent in Very Different Ways

    Scientific American published an article on November 1, 2016, using PatentsView data and visualizations developed by Periscopic who are behind the PatentsView visualization interface and other tools. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office analyzed patents for employees at three large tech companies: Tesla, Facebook, and Intrexon. The analysis reveals different patterns of collaboration in inventor teams and demonstrates there is more than one way to create success.


  • Worldwide Innovation in Cancer-Related Fields

    The USPTO has developed a new dataset to describe patents and patent applications in cancer-related fields, in support of the US Cancer Moonshot.  By harnessing the power of patent data, and accelerating the process for protecting the intellectual property that lead to cancer research breakthroughs, the USPTO is standing up and doing its part to help bring potentially life-saving treatments to patients, faster.

    The USPTO Cancer Moonshot Patent Data consists of 269,353 patent documents (published patent applications and granted patents) ranging from 1976 to 2016.  USPTO is sharing this dataset with researchers and policy makers, so they might gain insight into innovations in cancer-related research and development.  

    PatentsView is a patent data dissemination platform that uses advanced algorithms to identify inventors and their organizations and locations across 40 years of US patent data.  The PatentsView team used the Cancer Moonshot Patent Data to identify a subset of cancer-related granted patents from their database.   

    The PatentsView team then developed an interactive map to visualize geographic trends in cancer-related innovations over time. Specifically, the map presents the numbers of inventors and patents in cities worldwide, year by year.  It represents 108,923 patents granted between 1976 and 2016 and 127,076 worldwide inventors listed on those patents.

    More information is available at the USPTO Developer Site.

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