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AUTM: University startup, licensing activity remained strong during recession

from Technology Transfer Tactics

Although 2009 income from licenses declined 32.5 percent from the previous year, AUTM does not attribute this finding directly to the economy. In the previous two annual licensing surveys, institutions had negotiated extraordinary partial royalty buyouts that significantly boosted overall royalties — an event that did not occur in 2009. All told, the number of licenses executed increased by 5.6 percent, while the number of options decreased by 3.4 percent. The number of startups launched in 2009 was essentially unchanged. more

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