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Key Performance Indicators: 2008-2013

The figures below, reported by fiscal years, demonstrate the productivity of Harvard's Office of Technology Development over the last six years.


2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
   Invention Disclosures 295 277 301 351 368 414
   New Patent Applications Filed 170 172 133 204 197 231
   U.S. Patents Issued 55 45 38 60 65 74
   Licenses 26 36 37 45 34 34
   Total Licensing Revenue (MM) $21.1 $12.4 $10.1 $13.8 $11.5 $15.2
   Startup Companies 12 8 7 9 10 9
   Industry Sponsored Research Agreements 42 37 45 75 73 81
   Industry Sponsored Research (MM) $21.4 $20.7 $26.0 $37.2 $42.5 $42.3
   Material Transfer Agreements 709 1,055 1,284 1,530 1,731 1,878

The Harvard University fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30; hence, Fiscal Year 2013 includes July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013.

Definitions of Performance Indicators

Invention Disclosures: The number of discoveries (Reports of Invention, ROIs) submitted by Harvard Principal Investigators (PIs) to the Office of Technology Development (OTD) for analysis and evaluation. For each ROI, OTD addresses two key criteria: patentability and commercial potential.

New Patent Applications Filed: The number of priority patent applications filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) (includes any U.S. or PCT application that is the first filing on an invention).

U.S. Patents Issued: The number of patent applications that have gone through the complete prosecution process and have issued as a U.S. Patent by the USPTO.

Licenses: The number of royalty-bearing licenses, both exclusive and non-exclusive, executed within the fiscal year for intellectual property. This figure does not include material licensing agreements or options.

Total Licensing Revenue: The total amount of revenues (royalties, fees, and liquidation of equity) received within the current fiscal year (in USD millions).

Startup Companies: The number of new or startup companies launched around a technology developed at Harvard University, and in which Harvard holds an equity position.

Industry Sponsored Research Agreements (ISRAs): The number of agreements with industrial sponsors that provide funding for research projects being performed at Harvard University and led by a Harvard PI.

Industry Sponsored Research: The total amount of funding obligated by industrial sponsors for research projects to be performed at Harvard and led by a Harvard PI (in USD millions).

Material Transfer Agreements: The total number of contracts that govern the transfer of tangible research materials between Harvard and other not-for-profit and for-profit organizations, when the recipient intends to use it for his or her own research purposes. This includes all requests for incoming and outgoing materials.