Researchers’ community has the great opportunity to use a new RISIS resource: ISI-Trademark Data Collection (ISI-TM) that provides detailed information on trademarks filed at the EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office) and at the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office). It includes information on all trademarks filed at the EUIPO since 1996 and at the USPTO from the early 19th century onwards.
Access to RISIS ISI-Trademark Data Collection (ISI-TM), is free of charge and is offered as well as for all RISIS datasets, reachable at the Datasets portal (RISIS CORE FACILITY) through a simple process. First of all, researchers need to register and agree on the conditions of use (good use of data, authorship, mentions to the RISIS project, agreement of posting results, and aggregated datasets produced on RISIS website) via signing the RISIS Code of Conduct. Secondly, researchers need to propose a project (200 words) based upon the mobilisation of one or more RISIS datasets.
The H2020 funded project whose aim is to build a European Research Infrastructure for Science and Innovation Policy Studies has developed and implemented up to now 14 Datasets and 2 Organisation Registers (Orgreg and Firmreg). In ISI-Trademark Data Collection (ISI-TM) the data provided are the trademark number, as a unique identifier, applicant and representative information, several relevant dates application, registration), trademark type (word, figurative, sound), the language of the trademark, information on opposition and information on relevant classifications. The trademark information is processed and set-up into an Oracle relational database system (RDBMS). The ISI-Trademark Data Collection (ISI-TM) offers using trademarks as a complementary and relatively “close to the market” indicator for new products and innovation activities, especially in the service sector. It offers the possibility to be linked to other datasets at the organizational level, within the RISIS RCF as well as externally.
In quantitative innovation research, trademarks are more and more extensively used for the measurement of innovation activities. This is particularly true at the micro-level, where the relationship between trademarks and innovation has been well established. Although trademarks can also be filed for products like technical equipment or technical procedures, services are eligible for protection within the system of trademark rights. Trademarks can thus be used as a complementary and relatively “close to the market” indicator for new products and innovation activities in the service sector.