Patent Output In Northern England (N8)

Impact Science has recently performed an analysis of the patent output from the N8 universities in Northern England, inspired by the current “Northern Futures” discussion (see

The results of our work shows that the N8 Cities have produced 2867 patents in the previous 10 years, of which 504 came from the N8 universities (Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York). By comparison, UK output during this period was 48506 patents, of which 2492 came from UK universities. This data provides some insight into the relative patenting activity in Northern England, but it also shows the significant contribution that non-university sources make to the intellectual property asset registers of our major cities.

Our analysis used the IDM Analytics ™ Platform, which has been developed by Impact Science and provides a rapid and comprehensive view of knowledge economy skills base capacity and assets, including scientific publications and patents.

Please contact Dr. Geoff Wainwright ( if you want to know more about this study, or if you are interested in finding out what the IDM Analytics ™ Platform can do.