By Scott Oldach of Patent Board™
The Universities Patent Scorecard represents the universities and university-based laboratories
involved in patenting their research in all disciplines.
Universities are patenting a wide range of technologies; however, over three quarters of the
patents are related to the health care and high-tech industries. Biotechnology is the primary focus for
82 universities in the scorecard – comprising 32.5% of all university patenting in the last six
years. Other health care related industries hold top spots as well with Pharmaceuticals 2nd at
12.7% and Medical Devices in 5th at 7.7%. Holding the third spot for patenting is
Semiconductors at 10% with other high-tech industries such as Electronics & Instruments,
Information Technology and Telecom all in the top spots at 6.3%, 4.6% and 2.9% respectively.
Chemical related patenting accounts for 7.9% landing it in 4th position overall.
The top 10 universities ranked by Technology Strength in patenting – there are six
universities that have their highest concentration of patents related to Biotechnology, two in
Semiconductors, one in Chemicals, one in Medical Devices and one in Electronics &
Instruments. No surprise that Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
and California Institute of Technology (CIT) have the most patents ...