In addition to looking at inventors, the project team also looked at universities and other academic institutes to see if there was new technology being developed. This is done by searching the 17,000 patents in the database for assignees with university, college, regents, alumni, institute, her Majesty and other terms associated with academic institutes In the assignee name. In this case there were none. If there had been such entities, those with the highest number of patents, and those with the highest cited-by counts would have been added to the investigation list.