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USPTO Data Visualization Center.

Posted in Practice Commentary by Jake Ward on September 8, 2010

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, and email the USPTO to let them know what you think!

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  1. NY Patent Attorney said, on September 12, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    The latest pendency statistics are atrocious–you, therefore, have to give the PTO some props for coming out with this considering the state of the backlog.

    • Jake Ward said, on September 12, 2010 at 8:54 pm

      Agreed. The transparency of the new PTO administration is commendable. I am also optimistic that their internal policy changes will be making a dent on these stats . . . and my guess is that, in publishing the patents dashboard, they are banking on on making a dent as well.

  2. patent litigation said, on September 13, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    It’s nice (though at this point not unexpected) to see Kappos adopting yet another measure to increase transparency and efficiency in patent law. He seems to show almost every day that his stellar reputation is well earned.

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