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emelluso
Role: administrator
Last seen: 09/20/2021 - 12:05
Joined: 10/21/2020 - 10:51
Data Release Notice

Update: As of August 11, 2021, all the bulk download tables for granted patents have been regenerated and reloaded to the bulk downloads page. Thank you all for your support and patience as we navigated this data issue. 

As of August 10, 2021, the bulk download tables are not up to date with data from the last update cycle. We are currently conducting additional quality control on the regenerated files and will post an updated message when the new tables are available with data through March 2021. 

So far the following tables have been regenerated and are available on the bulk downloads' page. Note that all files will be overwritten with the most-updated version of the table by 8:00pm Eastern time on Thursday, August 12th. 
·         application
·         cpc_current
·         patent_assignee
·         patent_govintorg
·         patent_contractawardnumber
·         patent_inventor
·         patent

shalsbat
Last seen: 08/12/2021 - 13:10
Joined: 07/28/2021 - 23:37
RE: DATA RELEASE NOTICE

Hi, thank you for the update. 

Can you clarify whether these updates will alter data for patents published through the end of 2020?

Particularly in these files: patent, cpc_current, patent_assignee, patent_govintorg ? 

emelluso
Role: administrator
Last seen: 09/20/2021 - 12:05
Joined: 10/21/2020 - 10:51
Patents through end of 2020 not affected

Good question - no, there are no issues that we are aware of before 2021. Data from 2020 is intact. There were null entries in the last update from January 1, 2021 to March 30, 2021 that are now regenerated! 

Best,

PVTeam

gss321
Last seen: 10/29/2021 - 23:38
Joined: 10/26/2021 - 11:37
Question about lag between application filing and publication

Hi! Thanks so much for this info. I'm looking at applications using the PGPubs data, and I see that the number of applications drops off considerably in 2020 (and even more significantly in 2021). Is this due to a lag between application date and inclusion in the PatentsView data? My understanding was that the data was comprehensive through the date available (March 2021 right now), but this seems not to be the case.

Thank you!

PVTeam
Role: moderator
Last seen: 01/20/2022 - 15:27
Joined: 10/17/2017 - 10:47
Great question! Yes,…

Great question! Yes, applications take on average 18 months to 5 years to get approval as a granted patent so there is always a lag between patent application date and patent grant date. To address your question about a drop off in numbers in 2020 and 2021, there is also an 18 month on average lag between application submission and application publication. This occurs for several reasons, one being that applicants can choose to suppress their application and not have it published at all, and the other being that USPTO publishes applications on a rolling basis and we gather that information as it becomes available from them. 

Thank you,

PVTeam

gss321
Last seen: 10/29/2021 - 23:38
Joined: 10/26/2021 - 11:37
Thanks so much for the quick…

Thanks so much for the quick reply! I have a few follow-up questions:

1) if applicants suppress their applications, is there a standard time period for this suppression, after which one can consider the PGPubs data to be comprehensive? E.g., suppose most suppression periods are 24 months, so the data on applications for 24 months ago and prior are comprehensive.

2) My understanding is that there is an 18 month lag (per https://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/mpep/s1120.html) to publication of applications; given this (and please correct me if this assumption is wrong!), how should I think about the sample of applications that are available for the most recent 18 months? While the number of applications available through 2020 is not as high as in earlier years, the level is still roughly 2/3 the number of applications published in 2019.

3) If the 18-month rule is driving the decrease in the sample, I anticipated that the number of applications should drop off in February 2020 (based on the fact that this data became available in August 2021); however, it looks like the drop off begins in January 2020. Do you know why that is?

Thank you!