The Green Technology Pilot Program Dataset
Way Better Patents™ has assembled a dataset of essential data about the patents granted under the USPTO Green Technology Pilot Program and a complementary dataset covering patents granted during the same timeframe that were not part of the program.
A Little Context
Accelerating the examination of patent applications focused on clean energy and green technology are a component of the public science and technology policy in many parts patent offices. USPTO launched a program to accelerate examination of green technology patent applications early in the Obama Administration. In December 2009, the USPTO announced the Green Technology Pilot Program, a pilot program to accelerate the examination of certain "green" technology patent applications. On February 15, 2012, the date the program closed, USPTO granted petitions to include 3,520 patent applications in the program. As of April 1, 2014, USPTO had granted 2,307 or 65% of 3,520 of patent application in the program. Based on the filing dates and pendency estimates, it is expected that the last patent under the program will be granted sometime in Q3 or Q4 2015. During the same timeframe USPTO granted over 23,400 patents in the same scientific and technical domains to applicants who did not participate in the program.
The America Invents Act granted new authority to the Director of USPTO. The Section 25 America Invents Act allows the Director of the USPTO to prioritize "...examination of applications for products, processes, or technologies that are important to the national economy or national competitiveness... " Accelerating examination to certain patent applications by moving them to the front of the patent examiner docket will have economic and innovation impacts that warrant closer examination. The special collection provides researchers with a dataset to conduct independent research on the green technology program and to analyze the outcomes of this program.
What's In This Dataset
The Green Technology Pilot Program Dataset consists of:
- Information about the 2,307 patents granted through April1, 2014. Updates are posted as they become available. This represents approximately 65% of the patents likely to be granted under the program. The final patents in the program are expected to be granted in 2015.
- Detailed subject matter information on the content of the patent including patent number; patent title; classification information — USPC classification and class title; the scientific domain of the inventions, and the organization of the Clean Technology Patent special collections and the patentECO index area of the invention.
- Bibliographic data including filed date, pendency in months, application number, and issue date.
- The Technology Center and Group Art Unit that examined the patent.
- Complexity indicator — the number of USPC classifications assigned to each patent.
- The abstract of each patent.
- A collection of over 23,400 patents granted in the same domains over the same timeframe that were granted to inventors and assignees that DID NOT participte in the Green Technology Pilot Program.
- Tab Separated and XL spreadsheet versions of each dataset .
A Head Start
Researchers and analysts have access to the Way Better Patents Green Technology Discovery and Analysis Report on the first 835 patents granted under the program for free on the Way Better Patent™ site and our collection of green technology resources. These pages also include detailed presentation information on our findings on the program and some of the issues discovered when analyzing the program. Researchers may find this information useful in developing research approaches and issues for their own work.
Resources for Research
Way Better Patents™ believes that information about patents should be easy to find, easy to use and easy to understand. Way Better Patents™ is trying to level the patent information playing field by delivering usable solutions and accessible information. Part of achieving that goal is making the data about special topics impacting invention, innovation, and intellectual property available so that academic, science and technology, and business analysts can understand what is going on in the patentsphere sooner and can use the data to answer their own questions.
Another aspect of making these datasets available is to accelerate the "time to market" for new research about innovation and to make it easier for a wide range of thinkers to examine the data and put forth their own ideas on what is going on. Researchers should be able to test their hunches the state of invention and innovation using contemporary data spending more time analyzing what they are seeing and less time trying to assemble a useful dataset to explore what is happening. Our goal is to try to make that data available sooner and in formats accessible to researchers. We also welcome articles and research papers on important patent and intellectual property topics and publish them on the Thought Leadership part of the Way Better Patents site.
We always appreciate an acknowledgement or citation when our data is used in your work and will address questions or concerns on the dataset if you think something is amiss. We do our best to provide good quality data but, to keep the legal guys happy, we make no warranties with respect to its completeness, or usefulness for any particular purpose.
Way Better Patents™ charges a small fee for these datasets to help keep the lights on and to help cover the costs of creating and maintaining these datasets for you to use.