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University biotech patenting 2013

An Erratum to this article was published on 09 September 2014

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The University of California system again tops our list of the most active academic centers for biotech patenting over the past five years (Table 1), followed by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and, lower down, the Pasteur Institute. Last year, the California system also recorded the most patents issued from the United States and European Union combined. Overall, the number of US biotech patents awarded in 2013 skyrocketed (Fig. 1); this jump is attributed to a greater number of biotech patent examiners at the US Patent and Trademark Office, which has allowed the office to work through a backlog of submissions brought on by increased university technology transfer efforts across the United States.

Table 1 Top academic centers ranked by number of biotech patents, 2009–2013
Figure 1: Biotech patent trends, 2009–2013.

Source: IP Checkups Inc.

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  • 10 July 2014

    In the version of this article initially published, the total number of patents assigned to Cornell in Table 1 was incorrect. The correct number for the 2009-2013 time period is 122. Also, total patents assigned to Penn State and Purdue were 45 apiece over the time period, bringing them in above Ohio State University and INSERM, which they replace in our ranking in Table 1. The errors have been corrected in the HTML and PDF versions of the article.

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Huggett, B., Paisner, K. University biotech patenting 2013. Nat Biotechnol 32, 512 (2014).

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