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Thursday, 23rd April 2015

Report of Findings from an Open Data Roundtable with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Source: Open Data 500

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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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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