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The USPTO Trademark Case Files Dataset: Descriptions, Lessons, and Insights


Stuart J. H. Graham


Georgia Institute of Technology - Scheller College of Business; United States Patent and Trademark Office

Galen Hancock


University of California, Berkeley

Alan C. Marco


United States Patent and Trademark Office

Amanda F. Myers


United States Patent and Trademark Office - Office of Chief Economist

January 31, 2013


Abstract:     
This paper describes the “USPTO Trademark Case Files Dataset” (dataset) a new dataset of trademark applications and registrations derived from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) main database for administering trademark case files. The USPTO is releasing these data for the first time in a form convenient for public use and academic research, consistent with the agency’s responsibility to make patent and trademark information available to the public. The dataset provides detailed information on 6.7 million trademark applications filed with or registrations issued by the USPTO between January 1870 and January 2012, including ownership, mark characteristics, classification, prosecution events, and renewal history. This paper provides a comprehensive description of the dataset, including discussions of the legal framework affecting and the administrative processes generating these data. We provide a “first look” at the information the dataset captures and present key trends in trademark applications, registrations, and renewals. We highlight data elements valuable to researchers and the general public, and discuss issues that may arise in using these data. In releasing these data, we aim to encourage new streams of research on trademarks and what they indicate about their users, the strategies for employing them, and the wider economic impacts that these data will help uncover.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 71

Keywords: Trademarks, Intellectual Property, Innovation, Brands, Data

JEL Classification: O34

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Date posted: February 3, 2013  

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Graham, Stuart J. H. and Hancock, Galen and Marco, Alan C. and Myers, Amanda F., The USPTO Trademark Case Files Dataset: Descriptions, Lessons, and Insights (January 31, 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2188621 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2188621

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Stuart J.H. Graham (Contact Author)
Georgia Institute of Technology - Scheller College of Business ( email )
800 W. Peachtree Str. NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
United States
404-385-5107 (Phone)
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United States Patent and Trademark Office ( email )
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Galen Hancock
University of California, Berkeley ( email )
310 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States
Alan C. Marco
United States Patent and Trademark Office ( email )
Alexandria
VA 22313-1451
United States
Amanda Fila Myers
United States Patent and Trademark Office - Office of Chief Economist ( email )
Alexandria
VA 22313-1451
United States
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