Essential Patent Analysis Datasets

authors: Agnes Cameron, Matt Marx

tags: patents

description: Starting point list of datasets and resources for the study of innovation, including guides to interpreting patent identifiers, request APIs, and disambiguation tools.

Many researchers focused on innovation want to understand the origins of ideas, including as captured as published papers, their evolution and commercialization by firms, including as patents and products. The following datasets provide a starting point for analysis of innovation data. We note proprietary or limited-access options but focus on open-access datasets, which can be retrieved without needin to pay or request access and are bold-italicized. Other than prioritizing open datasets, we list them alphabetically.