The United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) has a requirement to understand the role of “Big Data” in filtering and prioritizing which patents to examine more closely for potential value and how to leverage big data in analyzing and determining a patent’s value with the continued efforts in an improved data capture system. In order to assess best ways to evaluate the value of patents, different patent metrics are considered, discussed, and re-evaluated by Intellectual Property (IP) professionals. There are several factors to consider in determining patent value. For example, the economic value of patents must be considered which has the potential to impact customer buying decisions. Also, quality, legal defensibility in addition to economic impact help define the potential value a patent may have.  The USPTO is issuing this RFI, as part of its market research, to understand the current existing methods used by industry and academia in this field and determine the best ways to evaluate the value of patents.

This RFI is issued solely for informational, market research, and planning purposes. It does not constitute a Request for Proposal (RFP) or a promise to issue an RFP in the future. This RFI does not commit the Government to contract for any supply or service whatsoever. Further, USPTO is not seeking proposals at this time and will not accept unsolicited proposals.

Respondents are advised that the United States Government will not pay for any information or administrative cost incurred in response to this RFI. The USPTO is not liable for any costs (direct or indirect) associated with the preparation, submission or responses to the market survey or any costs associated with USPTO’s use of the information.All costs associated with responding to this RFI will be solely at the responding party’s expense.

Please be advised that all submissions become Government property and will not be returned. Not responding to this RFI does not preclude participation in any future RFP, if any is issued. Responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by the United States Government to form a binding contract. Although the term “Offeror” is used in this RFI, your response will be treated as information only and shall not be used as a proposal. It is the responsibility of the interested parties to monitor for additional information pertaining to this RFI. 

Requested Information

Interested vendors should provide the following information:

1.     Company Overview:

a.      A brief description of your company.

b.     Socio-economic status, business size, and size standard/applicable North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes.

c.      Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS) number.

d.     Web site address.

e.      Government and commercial clients. Please include the scale of these contracts by dollar value, full time equivalent employees (FTEs), or number of annual contacts.

2.     Company Capabilities

a.      How do you define patent value?

b.     How do you see the relationship between patent value and patent quality?

c.      What is the role that Big Data plays in performing a patent value study?

d.     What processes and factors are used to identify good parameter(s) and predictors of high patent value? What are considered to be the “Gold Standard”?

e.      What challenges would you see in performing a study on patent value?

3.     Feedback

USPTO is seeking to understand current existing methods in the emerging field of Big Data and its relationship to a patent’s value in the marketplace, as well as identify quality metrics and predictors of high patent value using Big Data. USPTO welcomes any comments related to this requirement, even if they do not relate to an item contained in the draft.

 RFI Response Instructions

Questions concerning this RFI must be submitted no later than 4:00 pm ET, Monday, May 8, 2017 to

Responses to this RFI must be submitted no later than 4:00 pm ET, Wednesday, May 24, 2017 to The response should be no longer than 20 pages in length. Vendors should clearly mark any confidential and/or proprietary information in the response as applicable.  Proprietary information in the response will be protected from unauthorized disclosure.  Information submitted by vendors will only be shared with USPTO employees and contractors with confidentiality agreements.

Respondents to this RFI shall designate a primary and one (1) alternative point of contact for the company (name, address, email, and telephone number).


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