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The Patent Scorecard™ 2008 – Universities



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 ...

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