FY2016 Licensing Survey

Academic Research Commercialization Is an Economic Engine

More than ever, academic technology transfer is driving economic development.
  • The number of invention disclosures — a direct measure of institutional impact on innovation — has been on the rise the past five years, growing to 25,825 in 2016.
  • 16,487 new U.S. patent applications were filed, a gain of 3 percent over the prior year, and 7,021 U.S. patents were issued, up 5 percent from last year.
  • The 1,024 startups formed made a direct impact on local economies with more than 73 percent of these new businesses remaining in the institution’s home state.
  • Consumers and businesses benefited from 800 new products.

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Click here to purchase AUTM's U.S. Licensing Activity Survey: FY2016 (including appendix  summarizing data from individual institutions).

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Download free version of the highlights of the AUTM's U.S. Licensing Activity Survey: FY2016 (does not include appendix summarizing data from individual institutions).

Canadian Survey — Key Findings

  • Licensing activity continued an upward trend begun in 2009 — 927 new license and option agreements were executed in 2016, including 336 new exclusive licenses, 424 new nonexclusive licenses and 167 options.
  • Gross license income grew to $70.5 million in 2016 — a healthy jump of nearly 13 percent over the previous year.
  • Start-up creation reflected Canada’s strong entrepreneurial environment — respondents reported 100 new start-ups in 2016, compared with just 68 in 2011 and 48 in 2009.

Canadian Survey — Purchase Full Report

Click here to purchase the full 2016 report of Canadian Licensing Activity Survey, including the data appendix summarizing data from individual institutions.
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Search More Than 25 Years of Data

View the data online via STATT (Statistics Access for Technology Transfer), a searchable database containing more than 25 years of data. All members whose institutions participated in the 2016 survey receive a FREE annual subscription to STATT. Members from nonparticipating institutions can purchase an annual subscription of STATT.

Participate in Survey to Receive Complimentary Copy

Individuals from institutions which contributed data to the survey may receive a complimentary copy of the 2016 survey. Nonparticipants may download a copy of the AUTM's Licensing Activity Survey: FY2016, without the data appendix at no charge. Nonparticipants may also purchase the survey with data appendix; the cost is $375 for nonmembers and $50 for members.

Survey Pricing

AUTM Member Status  Publication   Price
Members from Contributing Institution  Survey with Appendix   FREE
Members from Non-contributing Institution  Survey with Appendix   $50
Nonmember  Survey with Appendix   $375

STATT Database Pricing

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

About the Survey

AUTM invited 309 U.S. institutions to participate in the FY2016 U.S. Survey. AUTM received 195 completed surveys, for a response rate of 63.1 percent. Respondents for 2016 included 165 universities, 29 hospitals and research institutions and one third-party technology investments firm.

For the Canadian survey, 70 institutions were invited. AUTM received 35 completed surveys for a response rate of 50 percent.