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Which U.S. Universities Were Tops in Licensing Activity?

The Association of University Technology Managers released their annual licensing acitivty survey recently. Find out the results.

by Association of University Technology Managers
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Analysis of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) FY2011 survey indicates that despite continuing difficult economic conditions, university and research institute licensing and startup activity remained very strong. The number of licenses and options executed showed healthy increases over FY2010, as did the number of startups that remained active at the end of the fiscal year. FY2011 also saw a modest increase in total research expenditures and another rise in the number of issued patents on top of last year’s record numbers.

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The number of startups formed increased 3 percent and the number of total startups remaining operational increased 7 percent. In addition, the number of licenses and options executed increased 14 and 7 percent, respectively. There was a 24 percent increase in deals with established small companies. The total number of active licenses and options through the close of 2011 was essentially flat and the number of new commercial products created slipped 10 percent.

  • 4,899 licenses executed (+14%)
  • 1,152 options executed (+7%)
  • 416 executed licenses containing equity (+5%)
  • 38,600 active licenses and options (+0.3%)
  • 671 startup companies formed (+3%), 487 of which had their primary place of business in the licensing institution’s home state (-2%)
  • 3,927 startups still operating as of the end of FY2011 (+7%)
  • 591 new commercial products created (-10%)

Intellectual Property Management

Patent/legal spending increased 2 percent and legal reimbursements were essentially flat after a decline of 7 percent last year. There was a 5 percent increase in issued patents on top of the large increase reported last year.

Disclosures

  • 21,856 disclosures received (+6%)

Patent Filings and Patent/Legal Expenditures

  • 19,905 total U.S. patent applications filed (+6 %)
  • 13,271 new patent applications filed (+11%)
  • 1,193 non-U.S. new patent applications filed (+22%)
  • $330 million external legal fees paid (+2%)
  • $155 million legal fees reimbursed (-0.8%)

Issued U.S. Patents

  • 4,700 issued U.S. patents (+5.2%)

License Income

Running royalties (royalties earned on sale of products) increased 5 percent after a decrease of 15 percent last year and cashed-in equity increased 2 percent after an increase of 160* percent the previous year. All other sources of income (e.g., license issue fees, payments under options, termination payments, annual minimums not supported by product sales) were essentially flat after increasing 25 percent last year. The increase in running royalty is significant because it is an indication that university discoveries are making their way to the marketplace as new products.

  • Total income: $2.5 billion (+2.6%)
  • Running royalty: $1.5 billion (+5%)
  • Cashed-in equity: $64.6 million (+2%)
  • Other income: $449.6 million (-0.6%)

Read more of the report here.

University Licensing Activity, 2011

Institution 2011 Research Expenditures 2011 Patents Issued 2011 Startups 2011 Licensing Income
Northwestern U. $484,149,349 67 8 $191,541,162
U. of California System 5,418,601,941 343 58 182,049,620
Columbia U. 714,343,087 88 15 146,319,455
New York U. 430,752,000 64 9 142,202,157
Princeton U. 192,940,000 33 4 115,206,000
Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (MIT) 1,490,429,000 174 25 76,120,000
U. of Washington/Wash. Res. Fdn. 966,817,063 70 9 67,362,185
Stanford U.       66,797,246
U. of Texas System 2,546,669,877 156 20 65,359,377
U. of Wisconsin-Madison/WARF 1,111,641,832 156 4 57,730,000
Wake Forest U. 187,598,965 15 3 45,733,291
U. of Rochester 407,244,000 27 2 41,813,373
U. of Utah 410,305,757 47 19 37,054,745
U. of Massachusetts 586,708,000 64 1 35,048,951
U. of Florida 559,156,034 86 12 29,493,522
California Inst. of Technology 498,688,951 132 10 29,043,617
Mount Sinai School of Medicine 362,742,541 13 0 25,919,937
Duke U. 854,368,058 52 5 24,481,478
Institutions Submitting Confidentially 883,552,512 58 7 20,498,757
U. of Illinois Chicago Urbana 926,497,000 93 21 17,424,376
U. of Nebraska 368,331,834 23 5 16,752,176
Emory U. 496,433,864 16 6 15,899,109
U. of Michigan 1,236,510,624 87 11 15,608,697
Johns Hopkins U. 1,517,905,000 58 11 15,285,555
U. of Pennsylvania 940,218,000 68 8 14,397,705
Harvard U. 833,200,000 60 9 13,811,527
Research Foundation of State U. of New York 940,516,702 64 8 12,564,412
Louisiana State U. System 413,044,000 20 4 11,620,443
Iowa State U. 300,393,610 25 2 11,307,534
Indiana U. (ARTI) 454,075,880 18 7 11,125,616
U. of Minnesota 808,281,000 41 9 10,078,505
Vanderbilt U. 543,110,182 31 0 9,959,122
Baylor College of Medicine 373,381,000 12 2 9,925,000
Texas A&M U. System 705,720,000 18 4 9,264,041
U. of Houston 113,709,000 20 1 8,861,112
U. of Chicago/UCTech 405,833,199 20 3 8,673,127
Cornell U. 795,968,323 82 10 8,503,975
U. of Oregon 124,655,159 5 1 8,014,503
Georgetown U. 460,937,804 11 2 7,996,668
U. of Missouri all campuses 323,768,602 33 5 7,760,779
U. of Virginia Patent Fdn. 292,106,000 37 6 6,891,374
U. of Georgia 245,166,000 28 4 6,866,280
U. of Alabama-Birmingham Research Fdn. 503,698,000 12 5 6,676,056
Dartmouth College 129,009,772 21 2 6,474,957
Case Western Reserve U. 335,151,000 24 4 6,303,230
U. of Iowa Research Fdn. 443,893,000 31 2 6,284,927
Rutgers The State U. of NJ 473,159,000 30 8 5,978,693
Purdue Research Fdn. 600,477,000 57 7 5,836,669
Washington U. of St. Louis 617,646,000 26 2 5,371,218
U. of Southern California 604,000,000 52 6 5,301,725
North Carolina State U. 378,154,000 51 4 5,186,844
Carnegie Mellon U. 251,241,000 30 10 4,965,856
Loyola U. of Chicago 42,708,007 0 0 4,571,145
Albert Einstein College of Med/Yeshiva U. 183,514,082 14 1 4,356,987
Georgia Inst. of Technology 714,760,299 79 5 3,894,370
U. of Pittsburgh 801,236,000 37 2 3,880,594
U. of Colorado 790,000,000 37 11 3,870,111
Michigan State U. 356,765,036 38 1 3,615,627
Oregon State U. 228,814,000 9 2 3,542,646
Brigham Young U. 31,443,918 3 4 3,442,516
Tulane U. 147,716,395 5 3 3,208,650
U. of New Mexico/Sci. & Tech. Corp. 220,565,787 30 5 3,095,933
Penn State U. 804,789,000 37 5 2,947,261
U. of South Carolina 114,853,516 10 3 2,901,036
Tufts U. 167,580,282 16 2 2,446,595
U. of South Alabama 42,233,000 0 2 2,400,157
North Dakota State U. 134,063,862 14 2 1,930,120
Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties Inc. 247,777,462 26 1 1,815,665
Oklahoma State U. 190,925,888 7 1 1,691,535
Kansas State U. Research Fdn. 124,587,415 4 0 1,562,758
U. of Kentucky Research Fdn. 252,048,000 26 7 1,544,664
U. of North Carolina Chapel Hill 762,649,004 33 7 1,482,520
Florida State U. 206,964,109 36 4 1,467,981
Ohio State U. 823,125,558 30 6 1,420,007
Johns Hopkins U. Applied Physics Laboratory 1,076,699,823 13 1 1,404,556
U. of South Florida 400,679,000 91 8 1,390,871
U. of Tennessee 321,943,518 18 0 1,348,175
Colorado State U. 330,783,824 17 5 1,311,129
U. System of Maryland 1,065,903,428 77 6 1,299,608
South Dakota State U. 63,975,967 0 0 1,283,837
Temple U. 136,858,186 2 2 1,245,272
Virginia Commonwealth U. 207,756,000 10 2 1,229,000
Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst. 71,700,842 13 2 1,160,735
Boston U./Boston Medical Ctr.   15 2 1,081,568
Arizona State U. 355,214,540 18 10 1,059,372
U. of Miami 350,020,000 7 3 1,052,731
U. of Alabama in Huntsville 83,769,182 3 4 1,043,045
U. of Arizona 610,565,000 19 8 981,495
Clemson U. 91,969,027 22 2 937,274
U. of Arkansas Fayetteville 120,007,162 8 2 901,106
U. of Oklahoma All Campuses 170,568,209 31 3 852,177
Thomas Jefferson Univ 100,452,376 9 0 837,912
U. of Kansas 232,249,198 8 4 836,407
U. of Toledo 74,149,000 5 2 793,008
Utah State U. 174,167,000 9 3 775,112
U. of Connecticut 162,682,433 18   757,360
U. of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 84,206,000 15 2 735,841
Wayne State U. 257,207,000 13 4 727,113
Southern Illinois U. 36,261,292 5   677,204
Auburn U. 163,335,000 17 3 630,334
U. of Notre Dame 134,410,396 10 1 559,262
East Carolina U. 28,995,000 4 0 557,354
Washington State U. Research Fdn. 201,041,674 17 4 548,439
San Diego State U. 145,180,658 2 4 530,738
U. of Central Florida 109,189,000 76 2 500,966
Medical U. of South Carolina 201,076,102 7 2 431,242
U. of Cincinnati 249,918,470 12 3 431,104
Medical College of Wisconsin Research Fdn. 161,151,167 8 2 426,035
U. of New Hampshire 125,020,503 7 0 397,832
Kent State U. 27,455,000 10 2 360,037
Mississippi State U. 226,070,000 3 5 336,436
U. of Vermont 128,246,463 13 3 319,482
U. of Delaware 134,363,000   1 301,199
Michigan Technological U. 70,088,629 4 3 296,448
Drexel U. 114,859,517 24 2 292,827
U. of Idaho 96,228,831 6 0 289,990
U. of Hawaii 286,313,039 0 2 282,858
U. of Akron 69,593,449 10 2 278,648
U. of Mississippi 61,173,000 5   271,744
New Jersey Inst. of Technology 100,491,000 31 3 267,917
Rice U. 122,219,899 84 3 249,111
Montana State U. 102,767,291 8 0 227,342
U. of Louisville 197,438,000 13   154,809
West Virginia U. 103,599,977 4 0 148,531
Georgia Health Sciences U. 73,485,693 0 1 148,090
Miami U. 26,093,000 1 1 130,055
George Mason U. 91,556,982 29 4 123,372
Colorado School of Mines 46,700,070 4 2 120,000
U. of Nevada at Reno 89,740,000 9 0 117,000
U. of North Texas Health Science Ctr. 41,549,340 1 1 78,475
U. of Dayton Research Inst. 89,921,738 16 0 70,229
Portland State U. 64,800,000 4 0 69,281
Lehigh U. 43,584,269 5 0 63,310
U. of North Carolina at Greensboro 35,604,104 0 1 51,274
U. of South Dakota 34,000,000   0 50,000
Northern Arizona U. 30,785,000 0 0 42,684
Boston College 42,075,693 4 2 41,316
U. of Montana 63,857,146 3 0 34,155
Louisiana Tech U. 27,583,000 7 0 31,500
Northern Illinois U. 23,866,445 2 0 30,373
U. of North Carolina Charlotte 29,829,730 10 3 28,592
U. of Alaska 105,500,000 0 0 25,000
New Mexico State U. 119,795,451 2 1 21,982
Eastern Virginia Medical School 36,569,000 0 1 15,000
Florida International U. 84,162,535 3 0 12,351
U. of Alabama 53,633,000 3 0 8,593
Wright State U. 48,501 3 0 4,835
Bowling Green State U. 8,021,973 5 0 2,290
Boise State U. 24,204,099 7 0 500
Oregon Health & Science U. 334,499,983 12 3 0
Duquesne U. 15,243,000 5 1 0
Idaho State U. 18,195,432 0 0 0
U. of West Florida 15,538,928 0 0 0
Baylor U. 12,343,000   0 0
Totals $55,074,821,326 4,296 617 $1,813,968,412