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Embarking on a New Adventure: Open Data at the US Patent and Trademark Office

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Victor Mcbride
May 24, 2016 10:16
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When the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office heard President Obama s call to provide the public with transparency and open government, I wasn t exactly sure how one of the country s oldest federal agencies would be able to respond.

I challenged a small internal team to act like a start-up and develop some new ideas on how to use the vast reserves of data the USPTO gathers to help solve some of the agency s age old challenges.

I m thrilled to say this month we made a great leap into exposing the world to this wealth of information when we launched the USPTO s new Developer Hub.

This sharing and feedback loop allow the community and the USPTO to extract new value from our data reserves, allowing all players in the innovation ecosystem to have better information to make smarter decisions.

This speaks highly to the United States being the best place for global innovators to register their patents.

This is just a glimpse into the data on our new platform, but it s easy to see how it could help us make even better data-driven policy decisions that could have even greater impacts on society.

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