IP Australia published a patent analytics report on the Australian research sector in 2016 which analyses intellectual property (IP) rights holdings of publicly funded research organisations (PFROs) in Australian and provides an overview of innovation from the Australian research sector. There are 40 universities, 52 medical research institutes (MRIs) and 5 publicly funded research agencies (PFRAs) included in the analysis.
The university sector lodged 4,363 patent applications and 2,429 PCT applications from 2000-14. Over the same period, PFRAs lodged 1,715 patent applications and 1,026 PCT applications. MRIs file 501 patent applications and 481 PCT applications. Universities, as a whole when compared to PFRAs and MRIs, are more likely to lodge patent applications in order to buy time to explore the value of the invention.
After Australia, the target market for inventions are USA, Europe and Canada.
The top 5 university applicants are University of Queensland, University of Sydney, Monash University, University of New South Wales and University of Melbourne.
Research partners can be identified when there are two or more applicants. There are between 23 and 25 per cent of applications having co-applicants. This includes university-university collaboration as well as university-industry collaboration. Most collaboration occurs domestically with 773 applications (77 percent).
Top 5 technology breakdown of Australia research organisations:
2. Medical technology
4. Chemical engineering