New report unveils top 100 university patent holders

The Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2017 report has been announced by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO).

Data obtained from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is used to compile the report, which highlights the role patents play in university research and innovation.

Published annually since 2013 by the NAI and IPO, the report ranks the top 100 universities named as the first assignee on utility patents granted by the USPTO during the 2017 calendar year.

“The institutions on this list are doing incredible work promoting academic innovation and incubating groundbreaking technologies which exemplify the importance of technology transfer to institutional success,” said Paul Sanberg, president of the NAI.

“We are proud to collaborate with the IPO for the sixth consecutive year and it is a privilege to showcase the vital contributions to society made by universities.”

The top 10 ranked universities worldwide in 2017 include: The University of California System, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The University of Texas System, Stanford University, Tsinghua University, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Johns Hopkins University, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), Harvard University and California Institute of Technology.

“University patents help to ignite a culture of growth and innovation which in turn stimulates local, regional, and global economies and generates funding for future research initiatives,” said Mark Lauroesch, IPO Executive Director.

“The Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents is a report which demonstrates the critical role universities play in patents, licensing and commercialization.”

IPO’s Top 300 list of organizations that received the most U.S. utility patents during 2017 will be released for the 35th consecutive time later this summer.