As part of the Innovation Economics Research Project, the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth at Northwestern Law will create a series of related databases to collate information regarding standards, licensing, litigation, and markets for patents. Scholars will be able to use these data to better understand how inventive activity occurs, how it is commercialized, and what might be done to facilitate future innovation.

  • Data on Technology Standards, Industry Consortia, and Innovation
    This database currently includes three data sets:
    • A data set tracking standard development, innovation and corporate involvement by 232 firms in 515 important technology standards
    • A data set on technological rivalry and informal standards consortia related to 126 technology standards
    • A data set with information on 68 patent pools related to standards, including historical data on pool membership and licensees
  • USPTO Trademark Case Files Dataset
    This dataset contains detailed information on 6.7 million trademark applications filed with or registrations issued by the USPTO between January 1870 and January 2012. This set is derived from the USPTO main database for administering trademarks and includes:data on mark characteristics
    • data on mark characteristics
    • prosecution events
    • ownership
    • classification
    • third-party oppositions
    • renewal history