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Federal Patents, Licences and Royalties Survey, 2015/2016

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Released: 2017-02-17

Total income received from the commercialization of intellectual property activities by federal government departments and agencies decreased 1.5% from 2013/2014 to $31.8 million in 2015/2016.

The total number of patents rose 58.8% to 2,948, while the number of patents pending fell 59.4% compared with 2013/2014. Meanwhile, the total number of these patents licenced, assigned or otherwise commercialized increased from 141 in 2013/2014 to 237 in 2015/2016.

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The survey provides information on the activities of federal government science-based departments and agencies related to new instances of intellectual property reported or disclosed, number of patents, new and active licences and income received from intellectual property commercialization.

Data from the 2013/2014 and 2015/2016 survey cycles are now available. Intellectual property reports and disclosures data and income data received from intellectual property commercialization for the 2013/2014 survey cycle have been revised.

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