Google grant for Prof. de Rassenfosse to research in IP analytics

© 2023 EPFL

© 2023 EPFL

EPFL’s Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) lab, led by Prof. Gaétan de Rassenfosse, has announced that it has secured a grant from Google to advance research in IP analytics. The project builds on an earlier open-source infrastructure called PatCit, which was developed to improve the quality of patent citation data.

The current project will focus on analyzing USPTO office action citations and studying the impact of such citations on the scope of patents. This cutting-edge research at the intersection of IP research and data science is aimed at furthering the understanding of patent scope and identifying ways to improve the patent system.

"I am thrilled to see this exciting project move forward and work with Cyril Verluise, who was the driving force behind the PatCit project when he was a Ph.D. student, and Kyle Higham, who was a postdoc at EPFL and will take a leading role in this project," said Prof. Gaétan de Rassenfosse.

The collaboration between EPFL and Google is a testament to the strengths of both organizations in pushing the boundaries of IP research and data science. "The analysis of USPTO non-patent art citations can provide valuable insights into patent scope and ultimately improve the patent system. I could not think of a better lab to start this collaboration. EPFL’s STIP lab has a track record of conducting innovative research in the field of IP analytics," said Steve Gong, Patent Counsel, Head of Data Science, PMO, Technology and Operations at Google. The data and code will be available under an Open Source license.

This partnership between EPFL and Google promises to deliver impactful insights into patent scope and improve the patent system. The lab's previous work on IP and the expertise of the Google team in data science make for a strong collaboration that will advance research in this field.