One of the biggest sources of open data is the patent literature. The patent related data reveals a significant body of information related to the innovation activities worldwide. The European Patent Office (EPO) is responsible for all patenting activities with pan-European scope and its databases integrate a significant body of patenting related information worldwide. For accessing this data the EPO provides an API to this data which is called Open Patent Services (OPS). We developed and released as Open Source a Ruby Gems which allows you to conveniently access the EPO API in all your Ruby applications.
IPR, and especially patents, play an important role in the high-tech economy. While their original purpose is incentivizing investments into innovations, they are considered by the companies more and more as important intangible assets. These assets are used strategically, in example by blocking competitors to follow specific technological pathways. Besides that, IPR assets gain more momentum as literals in IP finance. In parallel to the increasing economic importance of IPRs, a whole ecosystem of IPR interest groups (lobbyists) has been emerged. By analysing all the IPR interest groups we have already tracked in the IP Industry Base, we were surprised by the diversity of interests they serve and started to segment this field of lobbyists. The result is this (incomplete) tracke of IPR interest groups.
With the IP Industry Base we are dedicated to create more transparency on the market for IP-related service, like patent attorneys, IP consulting firms or even NPEs. In 2015 we improved the IP Industry Base through more functionality, more data and higher quality of data. Th IP Industry Base changed a lot in the last 12 months. Follow our journey through the year 2015 in this blog post.
Recently we stumbled again across the GeoTemCo project from our esteemed colleagues at the image and signal processing department at the University of Leipzig. GeoTempCo is described as a web-based application which can easily be utilized to visualize data under geospatial, temporal and topical aspects. The main use case of GeoTemCo is the comparative analysis of several datasets. The tool is open-source and easy to set-up, hence we decided to play a bit with our data about the IP service industry.