Patents filed by universities as a result of the research conducted by them constitute very important intangible assets. They enhance the prestige of the institution and are used as a metric to benchmark the quality of research. More importantly they are an additional source of funds for the university. IP commercialization has become an important revenue stream for the universities in the US with the enactment of the Bayh-Dole Act. The patent portfolio of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is the subject of this case study. MIT’s portfolio and it’s IP transaction history is analyzed.
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