Accessing patent data with the patentsview package

(This article was first published on rOpenSci - open tools for open science, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

Why care about patents? 1. Patents play a critical role in incentivizing innovation, without which we wouldn’t have much of the technology we rely on everyday
What does your iPhone, Google’s PageRank algorithm, and a butter substitute called Smart Balance all have in common?

…They all probably wouldn’t be here if not for patents. A patent provides its owner with the ability to make money off of something that they invented, without having to worry about someone else copying their technology.

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