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Campus Licensing Deals Taking Off

25 February 1998 7:00 pm
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Relations between academia and industry--which went into a deep chill during the 1960s and 1970s--have grown warm and cozy in the 1990s. The best evidence of the warming trend may come from deals made between universities and outside companies hoping to exploit ideas developed on campus. Last week, the Association of University Technology Managers Inc. (AUTM) released a survey of 1996 transactions by its 173 members. This sixth annual AUTM report shows a huge increase in business, with the total number of issued licenses growing at roughly 12% per year since 1991.

TOP 10 ACADEMIC PATENTERS
Ranked by gross license income ($ millions), 1996
Institution License income New patents filed Legal expenses
U. of California System 63.200 325 17.968
Stanford 43.752 130 2.306
Columbia 40.632 94 2.908
Michigan State 17.232 77 0.736
U. of Wisconsin, Madison-WARF 13.092 75 1.801
U. of Chicago-ARCH 12.540 31 1.020
U. of Florida 11.045 61 1.765
MIT 10.083 158 4.218
Washington U. 9.413 44 0.979
U. of Washington-WRF 8.651 85 0.762
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