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Wikidata's WikiProject Patents

Lightning talk presentation to WikiConference North America 2018
  • I will start to upload new patent items using QuickStatements, still just a few
  • We have some basic standards on how to record a patent. Some things need fixing and new properties.
  • Here we are focused on recording patents from before 1923. Patents that old aren't copyrighted, aren't secret, and no longer have claims that still apply (to my knowledge -- there could be an exception).
  • A patent item should be an instance of (P31) either patent (Q253623) or U.S. Patent (Q43305660), perhaps both. That property is the one to query (search) that is unique to patents.
  • Page title can be of this form: Patent US-1906-827017, Patent CA-1914-153820 -- or another form if the editor prefers
  • Country where filed: Here are three options; freely use any or all. They express slightly different things. Is one best?
    • Use issued by (P2378) and identify the office with which the patent was filed -- generally a bureau that is an instance of patent office (Q1148446)) -- e.g. US Patent and Trademark Office, Japan Patent office (JPO)
    • Use applies to jurisdiction (P1001) and then the Q-number of the national government/country.
    • Use country (P17) and then the Q-number of the national government/country. It does not need to be a country that still exists. This technique is perhaps more flexible, and it will be necessary to use this option if it is not known what bureau received the patent application.
  • Filing date: Formal date of submission of the patent application, and generally speaking the date on which the patent goes into force legally once it's approved
  • Grant date: Certification by a government that the patent is accepted, and applies in the jurisdiction.
    • Filing and grant seem to be more complicated when there is an international phase, since the later Patent and Cooperation Treaty
  • Applicant(s) -- there's always at least one ; can include company or university or government lab
  • Inventors: Zero or more; Might like to mark their order -- some are notable enough for wikidata, others just name strings
  • Title: A string in the language of
  • Patent number -- not all patents can use the current property "patentnumber" which has the format US######
  • Page title on Wikidata
  • Parent patent or child patent
  • Assignee
  • Pointer to URL somewhere with more information, possibly the full text and diagrams -- THERE IS NO ONE PERFECT SITE FOR THIS
Possible good outcome of getting these basics into Wikidata -- We could add patent offices to the Authority Control line, maybe (?)
like USPTO, or WIPO, and if the user clicks there would get an automatic list of patents from Wikidata
AGBell article lower section with authority control.png
  • some patents could/should be transcribed onto Wikisource