This paper, produced by the Patent Analytics Hub at IP Australia accompanies the release of our 2017 IP report. It explores the Australian network of collaboration in all IP rights and looks at the international comparison of university–industry collaboration with patent data.
There’s substantial interest in maximising the translation of government-funded research into commercial outcomes across the globe. And whilst there is no perfect measure of collaborative activity, one approach often referred to is the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) measure for innovative firms collaborating with publicly funded research organisations, which ranks Australia last among OECD countries.
Rather than use a survey, the Hub looked at patent applications filed through the international patent application route—the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) route. By counting the number of applications co-filed by universities and private firms we can get a different picture of university-industry collaborative activity.