The European Patent Office (EPO) published a new study entitled “Valorisation of scientific results – Patent commercialisation scoreboard: European universities and public research organisations”. It is based on a survey of European universities and public research organisations and provides detailed information on their patented inventions, commercialisation patterns, and the challenges faced by research institutions in bringing them to market.
The scoreboard shows that European universities and public research organisations use European patents as the main instrument to exploit their inventions commercially. These institutions already exploit more than a third (36%) of their inventions, with another 42% of their inventions planned to be exploited.
The scoreboard further finds that licensing is by far the preferred channel of commercialisation (accounting for 70% of the commercialisation of inventions), followed by R&D co-operation (14%) and the sale of patents (9%).