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Data Mining of US Patents
Research initiatives are normally closely held corporate secrets. Insights to research trends are difficult to extract from public information, but data mining of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) patent grants provides an opportunity to expose interesting trends and areas of interest as indicated by activity in related patent areas. This paper covers assessing the vast USPTO information repository and the analytical methodology that extracts patent grant information from multiple formats and produces interesting insights into research trends for several major technology companies.
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