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Three BayPAT partner universities among the top 12 most innovative universities in Europe

Sep 18, 2017

Munich, Germany, September 14, 2017 – BayPAT, service provider offering services in the area o f technology transfer, IP management and commercialization, today announced that three of its partner universities are among the most innovative universities in Europe. For the second consecutive year, Thomson Reuters, together with Clarivate Analytics, ranked the Technical University of Munich, the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich among the top twelve of Europe’s 100 most innovative universities.

Based on a list of universities that filed at least 50 patent applications with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) between 2010 and 2015, each candidate university has been evaluated on 10 different metrics. Indicators include the number of granted patents, how many patent applications were filed with global patent offices and local authorities and how often the university's patents were cited by others. The universities were also evaluated in terms of how often their scientific publications were cited by patents and the percentage of articles that featured a co-author from industry.

In the 2017 ranking, German universities account for 23 of the 100 institutions on the list, more than any other country in Europe. Among the top ten most innovative universities, the Technical University of Munich comes in as number four and the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg as number six, followed by the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich ranked at twelve. In collaboration with the universities, BayPAT identifies their promising inventions, supports them in protecting their intellectual property and commercializes the patented inventions for the benefit of the universities and inventors. This also demonstrates the success of the initiative of the Bavarian Research and Innovation Agency (BayFIA), of which BayPAT is a partner agency, to further strengthen Bavarian’s leading position in science and innovation in Germany and Europe.

“We are very pleased to see the important and innovative work of these universities is being acknowledged. They combine substantial research output with quantifiable and promising application in the form of patenting activity. This also speaks for the quality of the work at BayPAT, as we support the Bavarian universities in identifying commercially promising inventions, protecting associated intellectual property and marketing it to ultimately turn inventions into products.” Dr. Robert Phelps, BayPAT’s Chief Executive Officer said.

About BayPAT

The Bayerische Patentallianz GmbH (BayPAT) was founded in 2007 by the University of Bavaria e.V. and the Bavarian Universities of Applied Sciences e.V. as the central patent and marketing agency to foster technology transfer of the 28 Bavarian Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences. Under the umbrella of the Bavarian Research and Innovation Agency (BayFIA), BayPAT ( is a full-service technology management provider offering services in the area of technology transfer, IP management and commercialization. Key clients are the Bavarian Universities, University Hospitals and Universities of Applied Sciences and its over 25.000 associated scientists, as well as non-university research facilities, industry, and independent inventors worldwide. Main focus in assessing and exploiting IP are the areas of biotechnology, chemistry, medical engineering, physics, automotive industry, energy and environment engineering, information and communication technology and mechanical engineering.


Dr. Robert Phelps, CEO

Bayerische Patentallianz GmbH

Destouchesstr. 68

80796 Munich, Germany

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