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Yijia Wen
Last seen: 02/09/2022 - 19:13
Joined: 03/10/2021 - 11:49
questions on the accuracy of inventor's geographic location

Dear Patentsview team,

I am working on the patent inventor location and come up with the following two questions:

Every location id corresponds to one unique latitude and longitude. 1) I wonder how accurate is the geographic location? At the city level? 2) What if an inventor is in a rural county without a city? In this case, does it mean the accuracy of a geographic location is at the county level?

Thank you very much for your help and I greatly appreciate it!

Best,

Yijia

PVTeam
Role: moderator
Last seen: 07/01/2022 - 17:42
Joined: 10/17/2017 - 10:47
location specificity

Hello Yijia

The latitude and longitude are set as the midpoint of the information we have on file for the inventor or assignee that produces a location entry. This is almost always a city. In cases like you describe where an inventor may be located outside of a city, the county name will generally be used in place of the city name. There are also much rarer cases where we don't have a city or county name available for an address (this sometimes happens with small island nations and territories, for example), in which cases the midpoint of a larger geographical identifier such as state or country might be used.

Best,
PVTeam

Yijia Wen
Last seen: 02/09/2022 - 19:13
Joined: 03/10/2021 - 11:49
Dear PVTeam, Thank you so…

Dear PVTeam,

Thank you so much for your reply, it helps me a lot!

Best,

Yijia