Universities and Other Groups Earned $2.6-Billion From Inventions in 2012

August 06, 2013

The Association of University Technology Managers has released highlights from its latest annual survey of patenting and licensing activity by colleges and other research organizations, and said total income from royalties and other sources for the 194 organizations that responded to the survey was in excess of $2.6-billion for the 2012 fiscal year.

The "Highlights" report that appears on the association's Web site includes information from 161 universities, plus 32 hospitals and research institutes, and one third-party technology-investment firm.

Over the past year, the report says, those respondents filed for 14,224 new U.S. patents and formed 705 start-up companies.

In years past The Chronicle has run selected excerpts from the association's survey data showing information about the university respondents. This year the association said it was denying The Chronicle permission to reproduce its data, saying that such publication does not provide adequate context.

Also, the association said, "having our data reproduced and made available to the public on your Web site undermines our ability to generate revenue from our most sought-after publication."