University Patenting: A Comparison of 300 Leading Universities Worldwide

37 Pages Posted: 7 May 2014 Last revised: 28 Jun 2015

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Christian Fisch

University of Trier - Faculty of Management; Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Applied Economics; Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

Tobias Hassel

Technische Universität München (TUM) - TUM School of Management

Philipp G. Sandner

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

Jorn H. Block

University of Trier - Faculty of Management; Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Institute of Management (ERIM)

Date Written: May 6, 2014

Abstract

Despite a worldwide increase in university patenting, empirical studies have largely focused on analyzing university patenting in individual countries and regions. We provide analyses from an international perspective, examining patents at the top 300 universities worldwide. By providing a patent ranking system and an analysis of the determinants of university patenting, we enable an international comparison not only between different countries but also between universities within countries. A ranking of the top-patenting universities shows a huge predominance of US universities: 18 of the top 25 universities are located in the US, with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) being ranked first. Our results show that the propensity to apply for patents is very high among US and Asian universities, while European universities lag behind. In addition to the home country, further determinants of university patenting are the quantity of the universities’ publications and a technological focus in areas such as chemistry and mechanical engineering. However, the size of a university and the quality of its publications are not found to be significant determinants.

Keywords: University patenting, patents, ranking, publishing, patenting

JEL Classification: O32, O34, O53, O57, I23

Suggested Citation

Fisch, Christian and Hassel, Tobias and Sandner, Philipp and Block, Jorn Hendrich, University Patenting: A Comparison of 300 Leading Universities Worldwide (May 6, 2014). Journal of Technology Transfer, Vol. 40, No. 2, pp. 318–345, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2433753 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2433753

Christian Fisch (Contact Author)

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Tobias Hassel

Technische Universität München (TUM) - TUM School of Management ( email )

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Philipp Sandner

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management ( email )

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Jorn Hendrich Block

University of Trier - Faculty of Management ( email )

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Germany

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Institute of Management (ERIM) ( email )

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