Data: open, big, public

The USPTO's Patent Quality Chat series is a series of monthly webinars on patent quality topics, with a short presentation given by an expert and plenty of time for questions.  The most recent one, on January 9, 2018, titled Unlocking Open Data for our Patent Customers, described the USPTO's latest increase in transparency with the offering of a large data set of Office actions (the slides are here, and the video is coming soon).  Patent applications and issued patents have been readily available for a while, but this brings Office actions, which contain the examiner's decisions on patentability, to the public in an accessible way, and makes them easier to use.

The data itself, part of the US government's commitment to modernization (according to this US Department of Commerce blog post), is here at the beta version of the USPTO's Open Data Portal.

Happy data driven decision making!

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