In brief: IP Australia releases opens patent, trademark data

IP Australia, the government agency that processes trademark and patent applications, has released a range of datasets related to intellectual property rights.

The organisation has posted the datasets on the federal government's open data repository, The release includes more than 100 years' worth of records covering trademarks, patents, designs, and plant breeders' rights data.

"The data is highly detailed, including information on each aspect of the application process from application through to granting of IP rights," an IP Australia guide (PDF) to the data said.

"The IP data has been further augmented by a unique set of identifiers which allow IP rights to be linked to individual firms and firm-level business information."

The data dates from the early 1900s to 31 December 2013.

The data, predominantly in CSV files, has been released under a Creative Commons attribution licence.

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