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The Patent Scorecard 2010 -- Universities

By Tammy D'Amato and Lindsey Gilroy and Perry Bassett of Patent Board™

The Universities Patent Scorecardô represents the universities and university-based laboratories from around the world in patenting their research in all disciplines within the United States.

Universities Patent Scorecardô Highlights

Universities represented in the Universities Patent Scorecard account for only 2.3% of all U.S. utility patent issuances in the past year for an average of 33.5 patents per university, with the Top 10 accounting for 34%. Universities have kicked their patenting efforts into high gear in the past year, with 31% more utility patent issuances this year than in the previous year. In fact, only 28 out of the 132 ranked universities show a decline in patenting, with the largest decline being only 67% as compared to the largest increase in patenting of 700%. Twenty-three universities show increases large enough to at least double their patent portfolios. Only six universities show no change in patenting volume.

A number of foreign universities debut on the Universities Patent Scorecardô, including four Japanese universities, two Taiwanese and one Swiss, the highest ranking of which being Kyoto University at #56. Nearly three-fourths of the universities represented in the scorecard are domestic, and of the foreign-based ones, most come from Canada and the second largest number are based in Taiwan. Of the...

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