Shepardizing Patents

4 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2021 Last revised: 25 Aug 2021

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Jorge L. Contreras

University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law

Date Written: June 16, 2021

Abstract

In a world where patents play an increasingly important role in the technology development and innovation landscape, it is critical that reliable information about the status and history of patents be made available to the public. The USPTO has made a public commitment to the “discoverability, accessibility, and usability of public patent and trademark data”, and as such it can help to collect, organize and display contextual patent data in a simple and user-friendly fashion. A uniform “Shepardization” system for patents, which clearly flags issues for potential licensees, defendants and innovators and alerts the public to the potential investment and threat value of individual patents, would help to make the markets in which patents exist more transparent and efficient.

Keywords: patent, validity, contextual information, FRAND, citations

Suggested Citation

Contreras, Jorge L., Shepardizing Patents (June 16, 2021). Patently-O, Jun. 16, 2021, University of Utah College of Law Research Paper No. 454, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3868513 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3868513

Jorge L. Contreras (Contact Author)

University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law ( email )

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Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0730
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