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The Patent Scorecard™ 2008 – Governments & Governmental Agencies

By Nick Stabinsky and Tammy D'Amato of Patent Board™

The Government Patent Scorecard represents the governments and governmental agencies involved in patenting their research in all disciplines.

Although patents are primarily granted to private firms, policy changes over the last 25 years have resulted in greater emphasis on patenting by the public sector.  While the government’s approach is not to directly create product revenue, the patents that emerge can be very valuable.  The patents could also emerge from funded research activity or co-invention with third parties.  The above scorecard highlights the top 10 U.S. patent portfolios controlled by government entities. 

The most prolific technologies included in the Government Patent Scorecard are used in high-tech industries such as Semiconductors, Information Technology, Electronics & Instruments and Telecommunications, accounting for 33% of the patents, while the healthcare-related industries of Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices account for 26%. The entities included in the Government Patent Scorecard have been patenting an average of 1,800 patents per year, as compared to private sector scorecards which vary from 1,400 to over 22,000 patents per year. 

Two of the top 10 government bodies have patent portfolios with high impact including Interuniversity Microel...

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