The University of Bordeaux ranks among the leading universities in the INPI 2021 patent applicant ranking

The University of Bordeaux is the 2nd French university in the INPI 2021 ranking. By ranking 35th out of 50 on the national level and 2nd out of 10 on the regional level (just behind Safran in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region), this confirms the good health of the university’s research, development and transfer policies.

  • 28/06/2022

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The ranking shows that the University of Bordeaux has fully integrated industrial property into its innovation strategy. Protecting results by filing a patent is the first step in transferring these findings to the socio-economic world, and is now a familiar process for researchers at the University of Bordeaux, who are well aware of the importance of industrial property issues. On the ground, the transfer of research outcomes, in particular by the university's transfer subsidiary Aquitaine Science Transfert, is also bearing fruit.

The National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI)

The National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) is the French office in charge of patents, trademarks and industrial design rights. In only a few years, the list of the main INPI patent applicants has become a national reference. The statistics and analyses it provides are widely used by economic stakeholders as indicators of a company or public institution’s innovation efforts, whatever its size. 

Published on June 14th 2022, this ranking establishes the University of Bordeaux as the 35th French applicant and the 2nd French university in the ranking. Safran, Stellantis and Valeo form the top trio of the 2021 edition. 12 public research organisms feature among the 50 first patent applicants.

In order to be a major research university, in addition to supporting excellence in research, the university has a proactive policy of development and transfer. Whether with major French and international groups or with start-ups hatched in our laboratories, we build relationships with companies by collaborating on research and building intellectual property together.

Eric Papon — Project manager for industrial and socio-economic sectors

Strong support for innovation

The university's transfer strategy is part of a fundamental trend driven by public policies. In line with State support measures for deep-tech start-ups (in particular via the Public Investment Bank) and with the arrangements provided in the laws on innovation and the multi-year programming law for research (LPPR), the university has created a “toolbox” to support innovation: a pre-maturation fund, upstream of the SATT Aquitaine Science Transfert maturation fund;  an offer to physically host start-ups and companies;  the implementation of a human resources system particularly favorable to lecturer-researchers wishing to set up their own company; a responsible policy of sharing intellectual property protection with industrial stakeholders; a structured offer of technological platforms that are open to private partnerships, and a new strategy for investing in laboratory spin-off ventures are the main measures to have been implemented since 2014.

However, the detection of research results in laboratories and their subsequent protection through industrial property deeds remain the two most effective activities that SATT Aquitaine Science Transfert performs with great success for the University of Bordeaux.

"Filing a patent application on results does not prevent their publication, quite the contrary. You just have to do things in the right order. Having your results covered by a patent attracts the interest of private partners, by providing a guarantee that they are in safe hands if they invest with us. It doesn't block research prospects, and sometimes it even opens up new opportunities." says Eric Papon.