The IPRoduct project seeks to link innovative goods to the patents upon which they are based. By directly linking products to patents, this project tracks innovation to the point where it meets consumers, the true commercial end point of investments in Science & Technology.

The construction of the database exploits virtual patent marking, which was introduced in the 2011 Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. Under that act, patentees may give notice to the public that their product is patented. The project creates software that is able to identify virtual patent marking sections of websites and to parse the product-patent links to populate the database.

The output of the project is a database of linked product-patent pairs that is made publicly available.

LBP Manufacturing virtual patent marking

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We gratefully acknowledge financial support from, in chronological order: the U.S. NSF (award number 1645264), the European Patent Office, the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, the Swiss National Science Foundation (award number 100018_182212), the NBER (initiative on Advancing the Science of Science Funding). We are also grateful to CommonCrawlEPFL-Scitas and CSCS teams for providing access to their infrastructure and support.

European Patent Office
National Science Foundation
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