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This is according to a new survey conducted by the Central Bureau of Statistics at the initiative of the National Council for Research and Development at the Ministry of Science. * Minister of Science Akunis: "Israel is an international powerhouse for innovation"
A significant increase in reports on discoveries, in the number of license agreements and in new applications for registering patents in knowledge commercialization companies near the universities in Israel in 2016. This is according to a new survey conducted by the Central Bureau of Statistics at the initiative of the National Research and Development Council at the Ministry of Science.
The Minister of Science, Ofir Akunis said following the publication of the survey data that "Research institutions in Israel are the national hotbed of innovation, technology and groundbreaking developments. Developments such as Copaxone and Mobileye that began with research in universities and became developments that changed humanity and contributed significantly to the economy and society in Israel."
The knowledge commercialization companies are the companies whose activities accompany the activity of the 8 research universities and in addition 5 companies near research institutes and academic colleges and six near hospitals. The role of knowledge commercialization companies is to mobilize, market and develop the accumulated knowledge in institutions, turn a patent into a commercial product and help in the establishment of start-up companies.
During 2016, 1,328 invention disclosures were reported to knowledge commercialization companies, an increase of 32% compared to 2015 and 55% compared to 2014. A 25% increase also applies to new applications for registering patents, 635 applications in 2016 compared to 509 in 2015. The number of patents approved in Israel and abroad It also increased significantly - from 540 in 2015 to 813 in 2016, an increase of 51%.
Despite the good data and an increase in the number of patents, the revenues of knowledge commercialization companies decreased by 9% in 2015 compared to 2014 and amounted to only NIS 2,130 million. The number of start-up companies established by commercialization companies also decreased from 53 in 2015 to 43 in 2016.
Israel also stands out in an international comparison: the ratio of income from intellectual property as a percentage of total research and development expenses in the country is about 3%, which brings Israel to second place after the USA. Great Britain reaches only 2% and Canada only 1%.