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Imputation of missing applicant country codes in worldwide patent data


tags: Patents, Location of applicants, PATSTAT, Imputation


terms of_use: CC0 - "Public Domain Dedication"


description: We present a general method for imputing missing information in the Worldwide Patent Statistical Database (PATSTAT) and make the resulting datasets publicly available. The PATSTAT database is the de facto standard for academic research using patent data. Complete information on patents is essential to obtain an accurate picture of technological activities across countries and over time. However, the coverage of the database is far from complete. Our data imputation method exploits detailed institutional knowledge about the international patent system, and we codify it in a SQL algorithm. We provide two datasets related to the imputation of missing country codes and missing technology classification. We also release the algorithm that can be easily adapted to impute other pieces of information that are missing in PATSTAT.

last edit: Mon, 19 Jun 2023 16:40:59 GMT