Data for Researchers

Links to databases containing innovation-related statistics that are frequently used in economics studies:

Industrial property

Name of the database Source of the database Short description
WIPO IP Statistics Data Center WIPO National collection of patent, utility model, trademark, and industrial design data as reported by national IP offices from 190 countries broken down by resident and non-resident filings. Includes access to PCT, Madrid and Hague application filings as well. 
Intellectual Property Government Open Data 2014 IP Australia The Intellectual Property Government Open Data (IPGOD) includes over 100 years of Intellectual Property (IP) rights administered by IP Australia comprising patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder's rights. The data is highly detailed, including information on each aspect of the application process from application through to granting of IP rights.

Patents

Name of the database Source of the database Short description
EPO Worldwide Patent Statistical Database (PATSTAT) European Patent Office; World Bibliographic data, citations and family links of about 70 million patent applications of more than 80 countries. Subscription and minimal fee required.
NBER patent data National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) This database has been used extensively in economic research and contains granted United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) patent data, including names of inventors, names of assignees, grant and application dates, technology classes, forward citations and a key matching patents to firms in the COMPUTSAT database. This key is particularly useful as matching firms to patents is an otherwise difficult task.
Disambiguation and Co-authorship Networks of the U.S. Patent Inventor Database (1975 - 2010) Institute of Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University An update to the original NBER Patent Data. This new database contains granted USPTO patent data, including names of inventors, names of assignees, grant and application dates, technology classes, forward citations and a key identifying individual inventors. This key is based upon a disambiguating algorithm. It is particularly useful as disambiguating inventor names is an otherwise difficult task.
OECD Triadic Patent Families Database Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) This databases covers 'triadic patents' - set of patents filed for at the EPO, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and granted by the USPTO that share one or more priority applications. This can be useful for identifying important patents (since applicants must have deemed worthwile to apply in multiple jurisdictions) or for constructing national patent counts that are not subject to 'home bias' (the tendency of domestic inventors to file more frequently in their home country). Registration required.
OECD REGPAT OECD Patent applications to the EPO and Patent Corporation Treaty (PCT) filings linked to more than 5,500 regions using the inventors/applicants addresses (covering regions from selected countries outside the OECD area). Registration required.
OECD Citations Database OECD Citations from patents published by the EPO, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) via Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). Registration required.

Innovation

Name of the database Source of the database Short description
Global Innovation Index INSEAD, Cornell University and WIPO Country level data on import and export of creative goods, royalty and licensee fee payments.
Community Innovation Statistics Eurostat-European Commission Both firm and country-level data covering R&D expenditures, R&D cooperation, factors hampering innovation, as well as use of intellectual property in several European countries.
South African Innovation Survey Republic of South Africa Firm-level data covering R&D expenditures, R&D cooperation, factors hampering innovation, as well as use of intellectual property in South Africa.
IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook International Institute for Management Development (IMD) Country level indicators on sources of competitiveness including enforcement of intellectual property rights, innovative capacity and strength of university industry cooperation (based on experts' opinion).
The Global Competitiveness Report World Economic Forum Country level indicators on sources of competitiveness including strength of intellectual property rights, role of FDI in technology transfer (based on experts' opinion), among others.
GEM - National Expert Survey Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Experts' opinion on the strength of intellectual property protections.
Kaufman firm survey Kaufman foundation The Kauffman Firm Survey (KFS) is a panel study of 4,928 U.S. businesses founded in 2004 and tracked over their early years of operation. The survey focuses on the nature of new business formation activity; characteristics of the strategy, offerings, and employment patterns of new businesses; the nature of the financial and organizational arrangements of these businesses; and the characteristics of their founders.
UNESCO Institute for Statistics Data Centre United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Country-level data covering R&D expenditures, R&D cooperation, factors hampering innovation, use of intellectual property of national firms. Covers several countries and regions.
Historical Cross Country Technology Adoption Dataset NBER Technology adoption by country since the 18th Century.

Royalties

Name of the database Source of the database Short description
Royalty payments International Monetary Fund (IMF) Balance of Payments based on royalty payments.
Royalty receipts IMF Balance of Payments based on royalty receipts.

Trademarks

Name of the database Source of the database Short description
The USPTO Trademark Case Files Dataset United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Detailed administrative data on United States trademarks from 1870 to 2012.
OHIM Trademark Statistics Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) Collection of Community trademark applications and registrations filed through OHIM by country.

Science and technology indicators

Name of the database Source of the database Short description
Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators Led by the International Food Policy Research Institute Agricultural R&D personnel and spending at country level
Asia Science and Technology Portal Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Science and Technology Indicators for ASEAN countries, including R&D personnel and expenditures.
Eurostat Science and Technology Indicators Eurostat-European Commission Science and Technology Indicators for European countries and region.
RICYT Science and Technology Indicators Red Iberoamericana e Interamericana de Indicadores de Ciencia y Tecnología (RICYT) Science and Technology Indicators for Latin American countries, including R&D personnel and expenditures.
World Bank World Development Indicators Various Compilation collated from various sources on science and technology indicators.

Industrial designs

Name of the database Source of the database Short description
OHIM Industrial Design Statistics OHIM Collection of Community trademark applications and registrations filed through OHIM by country.