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Way Better Patents

Purveyor of Patent Information | Builder of Custom Analytics | Crusader for Innovation

Way Better Patents is an information products and digital publishing firm delivering actionable, accessible, data-driven information and intelligence on today's rapidly changing innovation economy. Way Better Patents uses open data and proprietary analytics to deliver products and services focused on the nature and scope of invention, why patents are important, and the nature of 21st century innovation.
Way Better Patents™ combines its custom patent and innovation analytics with authoritative scientific presence data to help its users gain a deeper understanding of what is Coming Soon™ on the innovative landscape. The more you know about what is being discovered and created locally and the science and technology behind it, the more focused your business, economic, and workforce development efforts can be.

Scientific Presence

Scientific presence is a holistic look at inventive activity — an amalgam of geo-focused information about scientists, engineers, and technologists, R&D funding, who is paying for it and the science and technology being funded. One comprehensive profile for each US State.

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Coming Soon Digests

Each week Coming Soon™ Digests present a state-by-state, town-by-town look at invention and innovation — new inventions and patents, the inventors that earned them, the companies and universities that own them because these patents are a guide to innovation coming soon.

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The Map Room

The Map Room's weekly state and national patent heat maps of the geography and topology invention are a down to earth look at innovation. Find your next outpost, scout for talent, understand regional innovation dynamics, or find new emerging markets in the Map Room. Find Innovation In Your Neighborhood.

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The Latest

The latest articles and posts on inventions, patents, and the innovation economy, economic and business development, inventors, and innovators. A new way to look at the issues and players of the nation's IP-focused businesses, business models science and technology policy, R&D, scorecards and more.

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What We've Been Up To

Explore patents and innovation in your neighborhood.Change is in the air. On June 2, 2015 USPTO officially retired all use of the US Patent Classification in the data it releases as part of its weekly bulk download files, the fuel of Way Better Patents. Even though we knew it was coming and have been getting ready to produce our analytics solely based on the CPC, it's been a little more complicated getting it right. We are almost there and should be publishing the new CPC-based digests soon. The tough part has been reconciling the year to date So Far numbers. They are important to you so we want to make sure they are spot on when we release them. Thanks for your patience.
Finding Stuff
Patents (and published patent applications) are one of the only publicly available sources of concise scientific information on the output of research and development, the planned use of the inventions, and new product design features. The trick is figuring out how to find them. As part of our shift to the CPC, we've been assembling our own personal notes so you can figure out how the CPC works and how to use it to find things and organize our data. We published our notes and comments for you to use in conjunction with all the resources published by USPTO and EPO.
Part of patent disclosure is being able to find stuff so you can figure out what to build, what to license, and what to think about next. Here is the new Cooperative Patent Classification Primer. Please lt us know what you think at info@waybetterpatents.com

  Resources & Tools

Way Better Patents™ assembled resources and cheatsheets to help you understand patents and the world of invention. There glossaries, explanations of the numbers and codes on patents, links to important academic research papers and articles on science and technology policy issues and The Way Better Patents Reading List. The Link-O-Matic that accompanies articles and resources at Way Better Patents™ includes links to background information on the articles and research.

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Patents and Growth

The innovation process turns out to be intensely localized.
The Brookings Institute, 2013
Seventy-three percent (73%) of startups commercializing university technology have their principle place of business in their home state.
Association of University Techology Managers
Innovation could contribute to reduction in the use of low skilled labor. Patenting growth is associated with high wage jobs.
Clusters, Convergence, and Economic Performance, March 2011
Of 5,000 start-up companies, the share receiving venture capital financing — an indicator of market viability — was 14 times higher for companies with patents.
USPTO American Invents Act Implementation International Patent Protection for Small Business Report, 2012.
... the broader and deeper pool of accessible ideas and individuals, the more opportunities there are for innovation.
Gordon Moore, Chairman Emeritus of Intel Corporation and the author of Moore's Law.
Inventions, embodied in patents, are a major driver of long-term regional economic performance…
The Brookings Institute, 2013


About Way Better Patents

Coin operated binoculars, an iconic patented invention that lets you see what's happening.

Way Better Patents is an information products and digital publishing firm delivering actionable accessible data-driven information and intelligence on today's rapidly changing innovation economy. Way Better Patents uses open data and proprietary analytics to deliver products and services focused on the nature and scope of invention, why patents are important, and the nature of 21st century innovation.

Coming Soon™ products are designed to help you understand the local impact of invention, patents, and innovation in today's science and technology-centric economy. Our goal is to encourage broader discourse on the impact of patents and science and technology policy on local innovation. Business is global. Innovation is local.

About Our Products

Way Better Patents is a mobile friendly site that operates on your tablet and smartphone.

Way Better Patents is user-focused collaboration of patent and innovation professionals with a wide range of experience across the patentsphere. We love all aspects of patent data and analytics so please feel free to ask questions, point out areas that need improvement, throw out ideas for data focused research and analysis, or engage us in high-level conversations or down in the weeds patent geekery.

Way Better Patents uses responsive design so that you can access Way Better Patents resources from all of your mobile, desktop, and presentation devices. We offer a range of custom analytics, presentation materials, maps, and data sets and consulting services to support you.

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