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Query Builder Data Dictionary

The PatentsView Query Builder provides an easy to use web interface for querying data on patents, inventors, and assignees from the PatentsView database. At this time, the query builder does not include pre-grant publications of USPTO patent applications, only issued patents. Pre-grant publications data can be downloaded from the PatentsView bulk downloads. Step 1 of Advanced Search defines the primary field of the output dataset: patents, inventors, or assignees. These primary fields correspond to the PatentsView API Endpoints.

Key terms in the patent data are defined in the Glossary.

The primary field defines the search groups available to define specific criteria. The table below presents all fields available for searching through the PatentsView Query Builder.

Search Criterion Description Search Group Primary Category Notes
Application Filing Date Date the patent application was filed (filing date) at the USPTO Patent Patent, Inventor, Assignee YYYY-MM-DD
Application Number Application ID assigned by USPTO Patent Patent, Inventor, Assignee Two digit series code followed by a six digit number; the series code and six digit number may be separated by a forward slash
Application Type Patent Application Series Code: 01-17 = Utility application; 29 = Design application; 35 = International Design applications; 60-62 = Provisional application; 90 = Ex parte Reexamination request; 95 = Inter Partes Reexamination request; 96 = Supplemental Examination Patent Patent, Inventor, Assignee Application series; series codes through 28 are reserved for utility patent applications. See more information at http:www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ido/oeip/taf/filingyr.htm (MPEP § 503)
Assignee First Name First name, if assignee is individual Assignee Patent, Inventor, Assignee String
Assignee First Seen Date Earliest patent grant date for all of an assignee's patents in the database Assignee Patent, Inventor, Assignee YYYY-MM-DD
Assignee ID Unique PatentsView database assignee ID assigned by disambiguation algorithm Assignee Patent, Inventor, Assignee String
Assignee Last Known Latitude Latitude for assignee's location as of their most recent patent grant date (equivalently, as of assignee_last_seen_date) Assignee Patent, Inventor, Assignee Float
Assignee Last Known Location ID Unique PatentsView database ID for the assignee's location on their most recent patent grant date (equivalently, as of assignee_last_seen_date) Assignee Patent, Inventor, Assignee String
Assignee Last Known Longitude Longitude for assignee's location as of their most recent patent grant date (equivalently, as of assignee_last_seen_date) Assignee Patent, Inventor, Assignee Float
Assignee Last Known Location Assignee's location as of their most recent patent grant date (equivalently, as of assignee_last_seen_date) Assignee Patent, Inventor, Assignee Country, City and State (for US)
Assignee Last Name Last name, if assignee is individual Assignee Patent, Inventor, Assignee String
Assignee Last Seen Date Most recent patent grant date for all of the assignee's patents in the database Assignee Patent, Inventor, Assignee YYYY-MM-DD
Assignee Latitude At Issue Latitude for assignee's location as listed on the patent Assignee Patent, Inventor, Assignee Float
Assignee Location At Issue Assignee's location as listed on the patent Assignee Patent, Inventor, Assignee Country, City and State (for US)
Assignee Location ID At Issue Unique PatentsView database ID for the assignee's location as listed on the patent Assignee Patent, Inventor, Assignee String
Assignee Longitude At Issue Longitude for assignee's location a listed on the patent Assignee Patent, Inventor, Assignee Float
Assignee Organization Organization name, if assignee is organization Assignee Patent, Inventor, Assignee String (typeahead)
Assignee Sequence On Patent Order in which assignee appears on the patent Assignee Patent Integer
Assignee Type Classification of assignee  Assignee Patent, Inventor, Assignee 2 - US Company or Corporation, 3 - Foreign Company or Corporation, 4 - US Individual, 5 - Foreign Individual, 6 - US Government, 7 - Foreign Government, 8 - Country Government, 9 - State Government (US). Note: A "1" appearing before any of these codes signifies part interest
Cited Application Category Category of the pre-grant publication of the application that cited the selected patent Cited Pre-Grant Publications of Applications Patent Cited by examiner, cited by applicant or cited by other
Cited Application Filing Date Filing date for pre-grant publication of the application cited in the selected patent Cited Pre-Grant Publications of Applications Patent YYYY-MM-DD
Cited  Application Kind Patent kind code of the pre-grant publication of the application cited by patent Cited Pre-Grant Publications of Applications Patent Same as patent kind: kind codes for PGPubs are A1, A2 and A9 (see https://www.uspto.gov/learning-and-resources/support-centers/electronic-business-center/kind-codes-included-uspto-patent)
Cited Application Number Pre-grant publication number (issued by USPTO) for application cited by the selected patent Cited pre-grant publications of applications Patent Pre-grant publication number, typically YYYY/+7 digits

Cited Application Sequence On Patent

Order in which a citation is cited by patent Cited Applications Patent Integer
Cited Patent Date Grant data of cited patent Cited Patents Patent YYYY-MM-DD
Cited Patent Kind Patent kind code of cited patent (see patent_kind for details) Cited Patents Patent B1, B2, etc. (see https://www.uspto.gov/learning-and-resources/support-centers/electronic-business-center/kind-codes-included-uspto-patent)
Cited Patent Number Patent number of cited patent Cited Patents Patent Does not include "US" prefix and patent kind code suffix, e.g. B1. Utility patents are all digits
Cited Patent Sequence On Patent Order in which patent is cited by the selected patent Cited Patents Patent Integer
Cited Patent Title Title of cited patent Cited Patents Patent String
Citing Patent Date Grant date of patent citing the selected patent Citing Patents Patent YYYY-MM-DD
Citing Patent Kind Patent kind code of citing patent (see patent_kind for details) Citing Patents Patent B1, B2, etc. (see https://www.uspto.gov/learning-and-resources/support-centers/electronic-business-center/kind-codes-included-uspto-patent)
Citing Patent Number Patent number of citing patent Citing Patents Patent Does not include "US" prefix and patent kind suffix, e.g. B1. Utility patents are all digits
Citing Patent Title Title of citing patent Citing Patents Patent String
Coinventor First Name First name of the coinventor Inventor Inventor String
Coinventor First Seen Date Grant date of coinventor's earliest patent Inventor Inventor YYYY-MM-DD
Coinventor ID Unique PatentsView ID for a coinventor assigned by disambiguation algorithm Inventor Inventor String
Coinventor Last Known Latitude Latitude of coinventor's city as of their most recent patent grant date (equivalently, as of coinventor_last_seen_date) Inventor Inventor Float
Coinventor Last Known Location Coinventor's location as of their most recent patent grant date (equivalently, as of coinventor_last_seen_date) Inventor Inventor Country, City and State (for US)
Coinventor Last Known Location ID Coinventor's PatentsView location ID as of their most recent patent grant date (equivalently, as of coinventor_last_seen_date) Inventor Inventor String
Coinventor Last Known Longitude Longitude of coinventor's city as of their most recent patent grant date (equivalently, as of coinventor_last_seen_date) Inventor Inventor Float
Coinventor Last Name Last name of the coinventor Inventor Inventor String
Coinventor Last Seen Date Grant date of coinventor's most recent patent in the database Inventor Inventor YYYY-MM-DD
Coinventor Latitude At Issue Latitude of coinventor's city as listed on the selected patent Inventor Inventor Float
Coinventor Location At Issue Coinventor's location as listed on the patent Inventor Inventor Country, City and State (for US)
Coinventor Location ID At Issue Coinventor's PatentsView location ID as listed on the patent Inventor Inventor String
Coinventor Longitude At Issue Longitude of coinventor's city as listed on the selected patent Inventor Inventor Float
CPC Category Top Level Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) category (http://www.cooperativepatentclassification.org/index.html) CPC Patent, Inventor, Assignee Invention or Additional
CPC First Seen Date Grant date of the earliest patent in the database within a CPC subsection CPC Patent, Inventor, Assignee YYYY-MM-DD
CPC Class Full CPC Classification code CPC Patent, Inventor, Assignee Live typeahead: section, class, subclass, main group/ subgroup (see MPEP § 905.01)
CPC Group Title Description of CPC group CPC Patent, Inventor, Assignee String
CPC Last Seen Date Grant date of the most recent patent in the database within a CPC class CPC Patent, Inventor, Assignee YYYY-MM-DD
CPC Sequence On Patent Order of the CPC classification in the list of classifications for the selected patent CPC Patent, Inventor, Assignee Integer
CPC Subgroup Title Description of CPC subgroup or main group CPC Patent, Inventor, Assignee String
CPC Subsection Title Description of CPC class CPC Patent, Inventor, Assignee String
Government Contract/Award Number Contract or award number as reported in the government interest statement on patents (if available) Patent Patent, Inventor, Assignee String
Government Interest Statement The full government interest statement as reported on a given patent (if available). Patent Patent, Inventor, Assignee Full text
Government Organization ID PatentsView organization ID of the U.S. government agency reported in the government interest statement on patents (if available) Patent Patent, Inventor, Assignee Integer
Government Organization Name Name of the U.S. government organization reported in the government interest statement on patents (if available). Patent Patent, Inventor, Assignee String
Inventor First Name First name of inventor Inventor Patent, Inventor, Assignee String
Inventor First Name Before Disambiguation Inventor first name before disambiguation as listed on the selected patent Inventor Patent, Inventor, Assignee String
Inventor First Seen Date Earliest patent grant date for all the inventor's patents in the database Inventor Patent, Inventor, Assignee YYYY-MM-DD
Inventor ID Unique PatentsView database inventor ID by disambiguation algorithm Inventor Patent, Inventor, Assignee String
Inventor Last Known Latitude Latitude of inventor's city as of their most recent patent grant date (equivalently, as of inventor_last_seen_date) Inventor Patent, Inventor, Assignee Float
Inventor Last Known Location Inventor's location as of their most recent patent grant date (equivalently, as of inventor_last_seen_date) Inventor Patent, Inventor Country, City and State (for US)
Inventor Last Known Longitude Longitude of inventor's city as of their most recent patent grant date (equivalently, as of inventor_last_seen_date) Inventor Patent, Inventor, Assignee Float
Inventor Last Name Last name of inventor Inventor Patent, Inventor, Assignee String
Inventor Last Name Before Disambiguation Inventor last name before disambiguation as listed on the selected patent Inventor Patent, Inventor, Assignee String
Inventor Last Seen Date Most recent patent grant date for all the inventor's patents in the database Inventor Patent, Inventor, Assignee YYYY-MM-DD
Inventor Latitude At Issue Latitude of inventor's as listed on the selected patent Inventor Patent, Inventor, Assignee Float
Inventor Location At Issue Inventor's location as listed on the patent Inventor Patent, Inventor Country, City and State (for US)
Inventor Location ID At Issue Unique PatentsView database ID for the inventor's location as listed on the patent Inventor Patent, Inventor String
Inventor Longitude At Issue Longitude of inventor's city as listed on the selected patent Inventor Patent, Inventor, Assignee Float
Inventor Sequence On Patent Order in which inventor is listed on the patent Inventor Patent Integer
IPC Action Date Date an International Patent Classification (IPC) is issued for the patent IPC Patent, Inventor, Assignee YYYY-MM-DD
IPC Class Second hierarchical level of the IPC system; first-level sections are subdivided into classes (see IPC Guide available at https://www.wipo.int/classifications/ipc/en/) IPC Patent, Inventor, Assignee String
IPC Classification Data Source “H” defining “Human-Generated”, “M” defining “Machine-Generated” and “G” defining “Generated via Software” IPC Patent, Inventor, Assignee String
IPC Classification Value “I” defining “invention information” or “N” defining “non-invention information” IPC Patent, Inventor, Assignee String
IPC First Seen Date Grant date of the earliest patent in the database within a IPC group IPC Patent, Inventor, Assignee YYYY-MM-DD
IPC Last Seen Date Grant date of the most recent patent in the database within a IPC group IPC Patent, Inventor, Assignee YYYY-MM-DD
IPC Main Group Subdivisions of the IPC subclass (see IPC Guide available at https://www.wipo.int/classifications/ipc/en/) IPC Patent, Inventor, Assignee String
IPC Section Highest hierarchical levels of the IPC corresponding to broad technical fields, called "Sections": (A = Human Necessitates; B = Performing Operations; Transporting; C = Chemistry; Metallurgy, D = Textiles; Paper; E = Fixed Constructing, F = Mechanical Engineering; Lighting; Heating; Weapons; Blasting; G = Physics, H = Electricity) (see IPC Guide available at https://www.wipo.int/classifications/ipc/en/) IPC Patent, Inventor, Assignee String
IPC Sequence On Patent Order of the IPC classification in the list of classifications for the selected patent IPC Patent, Inventor, Assignee Integer
IPC Subclass Subdivisions IPC class (see IPC Guide available at https://www.wipo.int/classifications/ipc/en/) IPC Patent, Inventor, Assignee String
IPC Subgroup Subdivisions of IPC subclass dependent upon the main group (see IPC Guide available at https://www.wipo.int/classifications/ipc/en/) IPC Patent, Inventor, Assignee String
IPC Symbol Position First or later position of symbols. The position of the first invention information classification can be recognized by this field. The letters "F" and "L" are used for the first and later position, respectively. IPC Patent, Inventor, Assignee String
IPC Version Indicator The version of the IPC classification system IPC Patent, Inventor, Assignee String
NBER Category ID National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) technology category ID (see nber_category_title for details) NBER Patent, Inventor, Assignee Dropdown
NBER Category Title Description of NBER category NBER Patent, Inventor, Assignee String
NBER First Seen Date Grant date of the earliest patent in the database within a NBER subcategory NBER Patent, Inventor, Assignee YYYY-MM-DD
NBER Last Seen Date Grant date of the most recent patent in the database within a NBER subcategory NBER Patent, Inventor, Assignee YYYY-MM-DD
NBER Subcategory ID NBER subcategory ID (see nber_subcategory_title for details) NBER Patent, Inventor, Assignee Dropdown
NBER Subcategory Title Description of NBER subcategory NBER Patent, Inventor, Assignee String
Patent Abstract Abstract of the patent Patent Patent, Inventor, Assignee Full text
Patent Average Processing Time Average processing time for patents in the same USPC class category as the selected patent Patent Patent Integer
Patent Grant Date Date patent was granted Patent Patent, Inventor, Assignee YYYY-MM-DD
Patent Kind World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Standard ST.16 Patent Code (http://www.uspto.gov/learning-and-resources/support-centers/electronic-business-center/kind-codes-included-uspto-patent) Patent Patent, Inventor, Assignee A1, B1, etc.
Patent Number US Patent number, as assigned by USPTO Patent Patent, Inventor, Assignee Does not include "US" prefix and patent kind code suffix, e.g. A1. Utility patents are all digits
Patent Processing Time Time from filing application date to grant date for the patent Patent Patent Integer
Patent Title Title of the patent Patent Patent, Inventor, Assignee String
Patent Type Category of patent Patent Patent, Inventor, Assignee There are three types of patents: Utility, Plant, and Design (MPEP § 201). Additionally, a patent may be a Reissue patent (MPEP § 1401). Technical disclosure may also be provided by a Defensive Publication (MPEP § 901.06(d)) and Statutory Invention Registration (MPEP Chapter 1100) 
Patent Year Year patent was granted Patent Patent YYYY
Second Level Government Organization The second-level U.S. government organization name related to the organization reported in the government interest statement on patents (if available). For example, the National Institutes of Health is second-level in relation to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Patent Patent, Inventor, Assignee String
Third Level Government Organization The third-level U.S. government organization name related to the organization reported in the government interest statement on patents (if available). For example, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is third-level in relation to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that report to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Patent Patent, Inventor, Assignee String
Top Level Government Organization The top-level U.S. government organization name related to the organization reported in the government interest statement on patents (if available). For example, the National Institutes of Health report to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Patent Patent, Inventor, Assignee String
USPC First Seen Date Grant date of the earliest patent in the database within a USPC class USPC Patent, Inventor, Assignee YYYY-MM-DD
USPC Last Seen Date Grant date of the most recent patent in the database within a USPC class USPC Patent, Inventor, Assignee YYYY-MM-DD
USPC Class Full USPC Classification USPC Patent, Inventor, Assignee Live typeahead: class and subclass (separated by "/")
USPC Mainclass Title Description of USPC class USPC Patent, Inventor, Assignee String
USPC Sequence On Patent Order of the USPC classification in the list of classifications for the selected patent USPC Patent, Inventor, Assignee Integer
USPC Subclass Title Description of USPC subclass USPC Patent, Inventor, Assignee String
WIPO Sequence On Patent Order of the WIPO technology field in the list of technology fields for the selected patent Patent Patent, Inventor, Assignee Integer
WIPO Technology Field ID ID of WIPO technology field Patent Patent, Inventor, Assignee Dropdown
WIPO Technology Field Title Description of WIPO technology field Patent Patent, Inventor, Assignee String
WIPO Technology Sector Title Description of WIPO technology sector Patent Patent, Inventor, Assignee String