USPTO Data Visualization Center.
Per this recent post at the Director’s Forum: David Kappos’ Public Blog, the USPTO has just launched a beta version of a Data Visulation Center that introduces the patents dashboard. The patents dashboard is a tool that provides data about a number of USPTO metrics in a visual format, including data on pendency and performance indicators such as the number of applications in the backlog, production, actions per disposal and USPTO staffing levels.
After our initial review, it is our opinion that the USPTO patents dashboard is an interesting tool, both from visual and informational standpoints. It certainly provides ready access to information about the state of the patent office, which one would otherwise have had to dig for previously. Although speedometers/gauges may not have been the default visual representation that we would have picked, it definitely is convenient to have this information provided in a visual and easy-to-read format.
The USPTO is looking to refine the patents dashboard, and has set up a dedicated mailbox for comments and feedback from USPTO stakeholders. Check out the patents dashboard at www.uspto.gov/dashboards, and email the USPTO to let them know what you think!