Top 100 university patent holders unveiled in report

University of California

The Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted US Utility Patents in 2016 report has been announced by The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO).

The top 10 universities granted patents in 2016 were 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.

Data is obtained from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) 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 USPTO which list a university as the first assignee on the printed patent.

“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 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.”

IPO executive director Mark Lauroesch said: “The Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted US Utility Patents ranking continues to be an excellent tool in highlighting the outstanding work in patents being conducted in academia.

“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 US utility patents during 2016 was also recently released for the 34th consecutive time.