FY2015 Licensing Survey

Academic Research Fueling Growth

Research institutions are fueling growth in new technologies with substantial increases in licensing agreements, invention disclosures, patent applications and new startups.

U.S. Survey — Key Findings

  • The number of invention disclosures — a direct measure of institutional impact — grew 5% to 25,313 in fiscal year 2015.
  • 15,953 new U.S. patent applications were filed, a gain of nearly 15%, and 6,680 U.S. patents were issued in fiscal year 2015, up 5%.
  • The 1,012 startups formed, a jump of 11%, made a direct impact on local economies with more than 72% of the new businesses remaining in the institution’s home state.
  • Consumers and businesses benefited from 879 new products.
  • New and existing licensed products generated more than $28.7 billion in net product sales.
     

U.S. Survey — Purchase Full Report

Click here to purchase the full report of AUTM's U.S. Licensing Activity Survey: FY2015.
Click here to purchase the Highlights of the AUTM's U.S. Licensing Activity Survey: FY2015 (includes appendix summarizing data from individual institutions).
Download free version of the Highlights of the AUTM's U.S. Licensing Activity Survey: FY2015 (does not include appendix summarizing data from individual institutions).

Search 25 Years of Data

View the data online via STATT (Statistics Access for Tech Transfer), a searchable database containing 25 years of data.  All members whose institutions participated in the fiscal year 2015 survey receive a free annual subscription to STATT. Members from nonparticipating institutions can purchase an annual subscription of STATT.

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Canadian Survey — Key Findings

  • 700 total licenses and options were executed, a 21% increase over the prior year.
  • The 90 startups formed, a jump of nearly 10%, made a direct impact on local economies with more than 91% of the new businesses remaining in the institution’s home province.
  • Canadian research institutions filed 1,026 new patent applications, a gain of nearly 3%.
  • Consumers and businesses benefited from 74 new products.

Canadian Survey — Purchase Highlights

Highlights of the AUTM's Canadian Licensing Activity Survey: FY2015 provide a preview of the data found in the comprehensive fiscal year 2015 report which will be published later this year.

Click here to purchase the Highlights of the AUTM's Canadian Licensing Activity Survey: FY2015 (includes appendix summarizing data from individual institutions).
Download free version of the Highlights of the AUTM's Canadian Licensing Activity Survey: FY2015 (does not include appendix summarizing data from individual institutions).
 

Access to Survey for Nonparticipants

Individuals who completed the survey for their institutions received a complimentary copy of the Highlights of the AUTM's U.S. Licensing Activity Survey: FY2015. Nonparticipants may download a copy of the Highlights of AUTM's Licensing Activity Survey: FY2015, without the data appendix, at no charge. Nonparticipants may also purchase the data appendix; the cost is $300 for nonmembers and $50 for members.

Survey Pricing

AUTM Member Status   Publication Price
Contributing Member   Data Appendix FREE
Non-contributing Member   Data Appendix $50
Nonmember   Data Appendix $375
Contributing Member   Licensing Activity Survey (with Appendix) FREE
Non-contributing Member   Licensing Activity Survey (with Appendix) $50
Nonmember   Licensing Activity Survey (with Appendix) $375
 

STATT Database Pricing

AUTM Member Status STATT Product Price
Contributing Member One-year Subscription FREE
Non-contributing Member One-year Subscription $100
Nonmember One-year Subscription $525
 

About the Survey

AUTM invited 308 U.S. institutions to participate in the FY2015 U.S. Survey. AUTM received 202 completed surveys, for a response rate of 65.6 percent. Respondents for 2015 included 169 universities, 31 hospitals and research institutions, one third-party technology investments firm and one national laboratory.

For the Canadian survey, 71 institutions were invited. AUTM received 36 completed surveys for a response rate of 50.7 percent.

Download the survey questionnaire.