The United States Patent and Trademark Office has released a set of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to help researchers extract data relevant to patents.  However, many public policy scholars, economists, and others interested in patent data do not have experience writing code that uses APIs.

The MINERVA group is the home of the Patentopia project, an interface to help scholars access the patent database.  Terms and conditions include:

  • This is only for academic use.
  • The MINERVA group does not make any statements regarding the accuracy of these data.
  • This site is under development and we welcome your feedback regarding desired output (email LosAngelesNode at gmail dot com).

To use this, you will have to create an account.  Your email information will never be distributed or used in any way, except to communicate with you about your data.

Upon successful completion of the Patentopia software, we will remove your files.  However, in the event of a problematic run, we will keep your data so we can work with you to resolve the issues.

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