2013 sees Uptick in Industry Sponsored Univerisity Research

Industry sponsored research by universities increased to $4.5 billion – a new high.

Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) university licensing report, points out that – university tech transfer accounted for 5,198 licenses. Off these, 496 are equity based positions; 1,356 are options executed. Approximately 14,995 patent applications were filed in 2013, while 5,714 patents were granted in 2013.


It is interesting to note that these numbers were achieved despite the fact that Federally funded university research programs dropped to $40 billion. Much of the losses or drop in federal funding was offset by Industry based research funding.
Credits are due for universities too for figuring out ways to not only offset the funding from federal research programs, but also exploring ways to expand industry collaborations.

Another highlight is the fact that there are as many as 4,206 Start-ups (in 2013) in operations, with associated net product sales of $22.8 billion.


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USPTO and SIPO China Launch Direct Electronic Priority Document Exchange

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO) launched a new free service that allows both the offices to electronically exchange patent application priority documents directly. This new service is aimed at streamlining the patent application process and reduce costs for businesses.

Using the new service the USPTO and the SIPO, can obtain electronic copies of priority documents filed with each others office from its electronic records management system at no cost to the applicant.


With this new service, applicants will be relieved of obtaining paper copies of the priority documents for filing; however, they are still responsible for ensuring that priority documents are provided in a timely manner.

For more details, refer to the press release or Electronic Priority Document Exchange (PDX).