Patent office teams with Google to put data online

Federal agency inks two-year deal with Google for free hosting

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is turning over nearly 10 terabytes of its data to Google to manage and make accessible to the public for free for two years, officials have announced.

The office entered into a two-year agreement with Google to host and make the bulk electronic data available online, without modification and for free. It is an interim agreement intended to bridge the gap to when the data can be managed by a contractor, the agency said.

“Because the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office does not currently have the technical capability to offer the data in bulk form from our own website, we have teamed with Google to provide the data in a way that is convenient and at no cost for those who desire it,” USPTO Director David Kappos said June 2.

Previously, the patent and trademark bulk data was available solely as a fee-based service.

Under the deal, Google will be making available patent grants and published applications, trademark applications, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings, patent classification information, patent maintenance fee events and patent and trademark assignments.

Google has established a new Web site, Google Patents, to distribute the government data online.

In the coming months, the USPTO and Google expect to make additional data available, including patent and trademark file histories and related data.

About the Author

Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

The Fed 100

Save the date for 28th annual Federal 100 Awards Gala.

Featured

  • Social network, census

    5 predictions for federal IT in 2017

    As the Trump team takes control, here's what the tech community can expect.

  • Rep. Gerald Connolly

    Connolly warns on workforce changes

    The ranking member of the House Oversight Committee's Government Operations panel warns that Congress will look to legislate changes to the federal workforce.

  • President Donald J. Trump delivers his inaugural address

    How will Trump lead on tech?

    The businessman turned reality star turned U.S. president clearly has mastered Twitter, but what will his administration mean for broader technology issues?

  • Login.gov moving ahead

    The bid to establish a single login for accessing government services is moving again on the last full day of the Obama presidency.

  • Shutterstock image (by Jirsak): customer care, relationship management, and leadership concept.

    Obama wraps up security clearance reforms

    In a last-minute executive order, President Obama institutes structural reforms to the security clearance process designed to create a more unified system across government agencies.

  • Shutterstock image: breached lock.

    What cyber can learn from counterterrorism

    The U.S. has to look at its experience in developing post-9/11 counterterrorism policies to inform efforts to formalize cybersecurity policies, says a senior official.

Reader comments

Wed, Jun 9, 2010 Bill Harshaw http://facelessbureaucrat.blogspot.com

I wish lots of other agencies would follow suit, rather than spending resources on building their own searchable website databases.

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

More from 1105 Public Sector Media Group