Should be a really simple project for those familiar with XML. The US Patent & Trademark Office makes bulk data available at https://developer.uspto.gov/data for patents. I want to find out the top inventors/applicants (inventor field) for the last 3 years for design patents (where the application number field starts with "29/"), and who represents them (attorney/agent field). The problem is I downloaded these files but have nothing that will open them, so I don't even know the actual field names. We'll probably have to work together a bit by Google Hangouts or Skype at first.
As an output I would want the following fields, sorted in a table by rank of the most prolific inventors:
2. number of patent applications by year for the last 3 years
3. mailing address
4. agent/attorney who represents them