An Application Programming Interface, or API, lets you seamlessly integrate datasets with each other without having to maneuver around different tools to collate the data manually. This gives you the freedom to perform your analyses in the tool of your choice. Apart from enabling the direct integration of data into dashboards and other performance monitoring tools, an API also allows you to automate your recurring report creating processes to save time and reduce manual involvement .
API's help you to reduce data silos in your company and bring everything in one place.
Draw high-quality patent data directly from PatentSight into your tools and dashboards.
An API allows you to automate internal workflows and reporting.
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Fortune 500 companies are successful because they make the right strategic decisions, based on data-backed evidence. When it comes to staying in front of the innovation curve, patent data is the best and openly available source of strategic information. But, open source patent data is riddled with errors. At LexisNexis PatentSight, we harmonize and enhance the patent data that is made available on our business intelligence platform and accessible using our API.
Q: What is the PatentSight API and the respective datasets?
The PatentSight API offers another way to access the PatentSight patent database. This allows you to incorporate high quality patent data into your downstream analytics and intelligence systems, so you get to work in your preferred environment.
Q: What is the advantage of accessing data through the PatentSight API?
Using the PatentSight API, one can easily extract PatentSight patent data into their own downstream systems to enhance internal data or automate internal processes. In addition to exporting data, the API also allows users of the PatentSight BI to import their internal data as Custom Fields. Both processes can be automated via the PatentSight API.
Q: How do I get access to the PatentSight API?
To understand more about our API and request access, please contact us by submitting this form.
Q: How do I purchase a subscription to the PatentSight API?
To understand more about our API and purchase a subscription, please contact us by submitting this form.
Q: Where can I find further documentation about the API?
You can find the technical documentation regarding the API here. The documentation on how to reach the API via Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Power BI can be found here.
Q: Is the API available for a trial at our organization?
The API is not available for trial. We offer a clear documentation on how the API calls need to be designed and what the responses and datasets look like. Please see the full documentation here. To request a test data set please send an email to email@example.com.
If you want to see some sample reports created using data retrieved via the API, please submit the form below to schedule a deep-dive call.
Q: Are there any technical requirements for using the API?
There are no technical requirements that a system has to meet. The PatentSight API is based on HTML requests that can be implemented into any coding language. The technical documentation can be found on the documentation website and Swagger.
Q: Which API Standards are supported?
PatentSightAPI uses the default REST protocol for getting data. Apart from REST, OData protocol is used
There are two types of endpoints:
List of used standards: RESTfull API, OData Protocol, and Open API Specification (Swagger Specification)
Q: Can access to use this product be set and controlled at an account level by me or someone from my team?
No. The administration of accounts is done by the PatentSight Team. Access controls can be modified by contacting your Customer Success Manager.
Q: Are there any other Admin capabilities in this product?
Q: In which format will I be able to receive data via the PatentSight API?
All responses are returned in a json format.
Q: Are there any limitations a user should be aware of?
There is a limit on the number of calls per second and the volume of each call. The limits can vary depending on the type of your PatentSight API subscription (bundle).
Q: What are the maximum download volumes through the API?
Depending on the type of subscription (bundle) you purchase, you can call the API up to 10.000 times within the bronze bundle and with a maximum of 1.000.000 times as a gold bundle customer each month. Each call may contain up to 1.000 data points (patent families, legal entities, tags …), so even if you have the lowest access level, you can still download 10 Mio. data points each month. A call is limited to a volume of 1.000 data points.
Q: What can I do to access the data that’s beyond the maximum result list?
We provide a link to the remaining content, whenever the maximum result list exceeds the page size. So technically there is no maximum result list.
Q: Does the result list support pagination?
Yes, pagination is possible. We offer "$top" and "$skip" query parameters for this. Moreover, after every 1.000 data points you wil see a "next" link whenever the maximum result list exceeds the page size.
Q: How can I reach the technical support team?
For all technical help and queries you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Who can I contact in case of technical issues?
For all technical help and queries you can contact email@example.com
Q: How can I check my API queries for errors?
The API has an incorporated Error handler that will allow users to identify bad requests. For further information on the query format refer to our Swagger documentation
Q: Which third party applications does the API support?
The PatentSight API is based on a standard supported by Microsoft. This means that MS tools (like Excel and Power BI) have a built-in port to the API, so there is no coding work needed. With the first version of the API we will not build and provide connections to other downstream systems. These links to internal systems have to be built on your side.
Q: Does the PatentSight API support MS Excel or PowerBI?
Yes. The Microsoft Tools support the OData framework and the API can be called via the ‘insert data’ functionality within the MS Software. You can download detailed step-by-step instructions here.
Q: How much does a PatentSight API subscription cost?
For detailed price information on tailored solutions, please schedule a call using this form.
Q: What is the contract duration of a PatentSight API subscription?
For detailed price information on tailored solutions, please schedule a call by submitting this form.
Q: How can I limit my maximum cost?
Although our contracts typically contain usage limits, billing is not based on usage; so your costs will be as set out in the contract. Let's talk and find the right solution for your data needs.
Q: How does your data differ from other patent data providers?
The PatentSight API draws data directly from the same database that is behind the PatentSight business intelligence. This means that you will be working with high-quality, reliable patent data. Additionally, our dataset also includes the proprietary indicators PatentSight®Patent Asset Index™, Competitive Impact, Technology Relevance, and Market Coverage.
Apart from this, our offering differs from others in that we primarily present our data at the patent family level. This means that the PatentSight metrics are computed for whole patent families and presented so in the retrieved results. Likewise, the majority of our data sets like Ultimate Owner, Technology Clusters, citation data etc. are linked on a patent family level.
Q: What is the definition of LexisNexis Family? Is your patent family definition the same as the INPADOC family?
No. The INPADOC families are generally larger than our families. The LexisNexis Family definition follows the simple patent family definition of the EPO. However, our families are only similar and will not be identical to the EPO simple patent families, since we correct for some errors of the EPO family building procedure.
Q: Can I retrieve patent ownership history to see how the ownership of a patent has changed over time?
Such historic data will not be included in the first version of the API. This is planned for future updates.
Q: Do you maintain a ownership history so one can see how the ownership of a patent has changed over time?
In the first version of the API historic data will not be included. It will also not be possible to retrieve data from historic reporting dates.
Q: What are custom fields and tags in the context of the API? Are they available to every user?
Custom Fields and Tags are features of the PatentSight innovation analytics platform.
Custom Fields allow users of the PatentSight platform to link any data (e.g. financial information, internal performnace ratings, comments, internal-IDs,…) to specific patent families. Using the API this process can be automated so that large amounts of such information can be imported into the platform easily. The linked values in such custom fields can also be retrieved via the API to further work with them in downstream systems.
Tags allow users to save time by allowing them to save groups of patents which otherwise require complicated searches to isolate via the filter settings in the PatentSight platform. Patent families that are saved as 'Tags' in the platform can then be retrieved via the API to use the same set of patent families in downstream systems for further analysis.