24 / 11 / 2020
The European Patent Office (EPO) published its new study on “Valorisation of scientific results – Patent commercialisation scoreboard: European universities and public research organisations”, aiming at showing that the European universities and public research organisations use European patents as the main instrument to exploit their inventions commercially. This study is the second in a series of patent commercialisation scoreboards and is based on 686 interviews conducted with 241 European universities and public research organisations, and provides detailed information on their patented inventions, commercialisation patterns, and the challenges faced by research institutions in bringing them to market. It also looks at the role of technology transfer and licensing offices responsible for the exploitation of patents. The study highlights that more still needs to be done to help Europe’s universities and research organisations overcome barriers to commercialisation and harness their full potential.