Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted US Utility Patents For 2016 Announced

Top 100 Universities granted Patents 2016

Top University Patent Holders Unveiled in Report by the NAI and IPO

TAMPA, Fla., June 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2016 has been announced by The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO).  Data is obtained from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to compile the report which highlights the vital role patents play in university research and innovation.

The report, which has been published each year since 2013 by the NAI and IPO, collects the rankings by calculating the number of utility patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office which list a university as the first assignee on the printed patent. The full report can be found Here.

National Academy of Inventors

“The patents our universities produce represent important processes, products and treatments which provide significant societal benefit as well as generate job creation that sustains and helps grow our local, regional and global economy,” said Paul R. Sanberg, president of the NAI. “It is an honor to recognize the top patent holders through this report in collaboration with IPO for the fifth consecutive year.”

The top 10 ranked universities worldwide in 2016 include: The University of California System, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, California Institute of Technology, Tsinghua University (China), Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), Johns Hopkins University, The University of Texas System, University of Michigan, and Columbia University.

“The Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents ranking continues to be an excellent tool in highlighting the outstanding work in patents being conducted in academia,” said IPO Executive Director, Mark W. Lauroesch. “We are pleased to release this report alongside the NAI to bring a greater emphasis on the dynamic role universities play in patents, licensing and commercialization, while at the same time educating the next generation of inventors.”

The IPO’s Top 300 list of organizations that received the most U.S. utility patents during 2016 was also recently released for the 34th consecutive time.  The top 11 universities on the Top 100 Universities list also appear in the Top 300 Organizations list. The IPO’s Top 300 Organizations Granted U.S. Patents in 2016 report can be found at:

The information provided in this list is based on data obtained from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Patents reported are utility patents granted during the 2016 calendar year. When a patent is assigned to one or more entities, credit is given to the first named entity. The number of patents granted does not necessarily indicate the value of a university’s technology, the effectiveness of its research, or whether its patents will be successfully licensed and/or brought to market. For inquiries or if you have a research foundation that should be combined with your university assignment in the future, contact:

About the National Academy of Inventors

The National Academy of Inventors is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with over 4,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 250 institutions. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society.

About the IPO

The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), established in 1972, is a trade association for owners of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.  IPO is the only association in the U.S. that serves all intellectual property owners in all industries and all fields of technology. IPO advocates for effective and affordable IP ownership rights and provides a wide array of services to members, including:  supporting member interests relating to legislative and international issues; analyzing current IP issues; information and educational services; and disseminating information to the general public on the importance of intellectual property rights.

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SOURCE The National Academy of Inventors

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