2018 Licensing Activity Survey

Patents Hit Record High: 2018 Survey

US Survey — Key Findings

US research institutions posted a record number of patents in 2018 while continuing to pursure more non-traditional sources of funding. For the second year in a row, tech transfer institutions formed 1,080 start-ups, underscoring the continued focus on local entrepreneurial ecosystems.

  • 828 new consumer products born from academic research entered the market.
  • 7,625 US patents were issued in 2018, the most-ever reported in the Survey, as research institutions invest in and protect intellectual property arising from academic research.
  • Total research expenditures from sources outside the federal government and industry grew to $71.7 billion, an increase of 5.1% over 2017, and a 13.8% increase over the past five years.
  • 1,080 start-ups were formed in 2018, directly impacting local economies, with more than 69% of the new businesses remaining in their institution’s home state.
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Search More Than 28 Years of Data
View the data online via STATT (Statistics Access for Technology Transfer), a searchable database of more than 28 years of data. All members whose institutions participated in the 2018 survey receive a free annual subscription to STATT. Members from non-participating institutions can purchase an annual subscription of STATT.

Survey Pricing
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Members from Contributing Institutions Survey with Appendix Free
Members from Non-contributing Institutions Survey with Appendix $50
Non-members Survey with Appendix $375

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Non-members One-year Subscription $525

About the Survey
AUTM invited 312 research institutions to participate in the 2018 US Survey. AUTM received 198 completed surveys. Respondents included 170 universities, 27 hospitals and research institutions and one third-party technology investment firm.