The University of Montpellier is the 2nd French university in the last list of patent applicants public / private published by the National Institute of Intellectual Property (INPI). It is ranked 35th with 38 deposits in 2017.
UM ahead of Bordeaux and the Sorbonne
Since 2004, the Observatoire de la Propriété Intellectuelle has been compiling the list of patent applicants at the INPI according to the number of patent applications published. The results for the year 2017, applications taken into account are those filed between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016 (it takes 18 months between the filing of a patent application and its publication).
With 38 filings published in 2017, the UM is the 2nd French university ranking after the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1. Positioned in 35th place (it was in 74th place in 2016), it is ahead of the University of Bordeaux ( 42nd place) and Sorbonne University (45th place).
Unsurprisingly, among the top 50 patent applicants, there are the main French industrial groups that invest in research, but also thirteen research organizations and nine foreign companies. The Valeo Group remains in first place with 1,110 patent applications published (994 applications published in 2016). The PSA Group ranks second, rising from 930 applications published in 2016 to 1,021 applications published in 2017. Safran holds third place with 795 applications published (758 applications published in 2016). The Office of the Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Agency holds fourth place with the same number of applications published as in 2016: 684 published applications.
SATT, a key role in the development of UM projects
Preferred partner of the UM, the regional technology transfer acceleration company (SATT Ax-Lr) plays a key role in the good results achieved by the establishment in this list. It is the SATT, in fact, which detects the promising technologies among those proposed by the UM, finances them and accompanies them until the filing of the patent applications with the INPI.
“This result is therefore the fruit of a synergy between the excellence of UM research and the added value of the SATT AxLR in terms of protection and maturation of technologies” analysis François Pierrot, vice-president for the valuation and industrial partnerships of the University.
“Given that the SATT matures a project for 18 months on average and that the publication of a patent also takes 18 months from filing, we can consider that today we are getting the fruits of the work done with the SATT. over the last few years” concludes the vice president.