Answered By: Poping Lin
Last Updated: Aug 18, 2020     Views: 230

Patent search: license agreement

How to find patent license agreement data in the US?


Since a patent license agreement is not a patent "assignment" or a patent application but is an ordinary contractual document, it is not recorded at the USPTO. It is handled under state laws unless a clear question of patent law is at issue. That said, there is no perfect place to search for patent license agreement data in the US.

However, you may try the following sources for licensing deals:

  • SEC filings (such as 8-K, 10-K, 10-Q) can be useful for finding some data about a company patent license agreements. You may begin with SEC EDGAR, or Thomson One .
  • For information about drug out-licensing, please use Cortellis 
  • You may also find aggregated drug licensing data via Bloomberg.  In Bloomberg, do the following: Type BI PHRMG -> Health care ->  Large pharma -> Licensing deal. 

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