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Campus Notes:

  The University’s “Top 25” inventions in FY96 included 11 from UCD (see p.13). Seven of these top-earners are plant varieties. Plants represent about one-sixth of the UCD invention portfolio, but over half of its patent income. Plant income remained flat from FY95 to FY96 while income on utility inventions increased by 28% to over $2.5 million.

  The number of disclosures increased by 25% from FY95 to FY96. This was not reflected in initial patent filings, which actually decreased. It should be noted that the large number of secondary filings in FY95 were motivated by patent law changes related to GATT. Utility licensing activity remained relatively steady, with 10 new options and licenses completed, while plant licensing acitivity declined due to changing strategies for licensing plant varieties.

  The increase in net legal expenses during FY96 was largely attributable to a $146,000 increase in payments made to Foundation Seed and Plant Materials Services (FPMS). This resulted from a payment timing change as well as an increase in FPMS charges.

  The $274,000 increase in inventor share payments from FY95 to FY96 reflected a $738,000 increase in income from FY94 to FY95. The State share increased minimally, and OTT operating expenses remained stable.

  Overall, financial results yielded a 9% ($114,000) increase in UCD net income from FY95 to FY96.

PORTFOLIO ACTIVITY



INVENTION
Inventions Reported
Total Active Cases

PATENT ACTIVITY
US Patent Applications Filed
   First Filings
   Secondary Filings
      Total

US Patents Issued
Total Active US Patents at FYE

LICENSING
Secrecy Agreements Issued
Letter/Option Agreements Issued
License Agreements Issued
Total Active Licenses at FYE
   Utility
   Plant

FY95

64
364



29
  34
63

16
154


146
26
28

242
42

FY96

80
400



21
   8
29

22
168


182
8
11

240
48
FINANCIAL ACTIVITY
(Thousands)
FY95 FY96
Adjusted Gross Income
Less: Expenses/Distributions
   Net Legal Expenses
   Inventor Shares
   State Share
   Operating Expenses
Campus Net Income

Inventions Earning Income
# of Inventors Paid Shares

$5,208

593
1,735
720
   932
$1,228

88
52
$5,775

733
2,009
758
  933
$1,342

95
59

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