On December 8, 2014, The GovLab and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) co-hosted an Open Data Roundtable in Washington, DC. The impetus for this event was the first Open Data Roundtable, held with the U.S. Department of Commerce where USPTO identified a need to further engage its data users in devising its open data roadmap for the next few years. At the USPTO Roundtable, Alan Marco, USPTO’s Chief Economist, and Lynn Overmann, Deputy Chief Data Officer of the Department of Commerce (DOC), both emphasized the agency’s desire to more actively engage data users and technologists by involving the developer community and creating ongoing feedback loops and collaborations. This Roundtable was primarily focused on USPTO’s patent data, which is much more challenging than trademark data: while owners wish to promote their trademarks, and thereby provide good data to USPTO, there are many more data collection, format, and quality issues associated with patent data.
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