Universities and public research organisations (PROs) play a key role in Europe’s innovation ecosystems as sources of scientific knowledge that can be transferred to industry.
This scoreboard assesses the ways in which they use the European patent system for this purpose. As such, it provides policy-makers with comprehensive and reliable evidence to further exploit the economic potential of Europe’s universities and PROs.
This study is based on a survey of European universities and PROs that have filed patent applications with the European Patent Office (EPO) between 2007 and 2018. It provides detailed information on their patented inventions, commercialisation patterns, and the challenges faced by research institutions in bringing them to market.