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HistPat provides the geography of historical patents granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) from 1790 to 1975. This historical dataset is constructed using digitalized records of original patent documents that are publicly available. HistPat can be used in different disciplines ranging from geography, economics, history, network science, and science and technology studies. Additionally, it can easily be merged with post-1975 USPTO digital patent data to extend it until today. (2016-05-23)

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I am an Assistant Professor of Economic Geography at Utrecht University, Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Media Lab), and Fellow at the Center for Complex Systems Studies. I am an economist by training, and I try to understand why some parts of the world are rich, other poor, and what we can do about it. On a more applied side, I work with policymakers and companies to solve real-world problems using network analysis and complex systems thinking. On this website, you'll find data, codes, journal articles, and news about my team and my research.​

Pierre-Alexandre Balland

Utrecht University



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