The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has published a curated dataset of 269,353 patent applications and records of granted patents from the period 1976 to 2016 as part of its Cancer Moonshot Challenge. The challenge calls on the public to create visualizations or interactive maps that reveal insights into cancer breakthroughs that typically starts with patent applications. Because patents are an early indicator of innovation, data scientists can analyze the data to identify historical trends in research and development and predict future developments in cancer treatments, therapies, or diagnostics. The USPTO launched the challenge to support Vice President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative, which aims to double the rate of progress in cancer research and treatment through innovative public-private partnerships.
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