Announcement of the world’s top 100 universities with utility patents in the United States in 2017


TAMPA, Florida, June 5, 2018 / PRNewswire / – The World’s Top 100 Universities Obtained U.S. Utilities Patents in 2017 was announced by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO). Data obtained from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is used to compile the report, which highlights the vital role patents play in academic research and innovation.

Published annually since 2013 by the NAI and the IPO, the report ranks the top 100 universities named as the top assignee of utility patents granted by the USPTO in calendar year 2017. The full report is available at :

“The institutions on this list do an incredible job of promoting academic innovation and incubating breakthrough technologies that exemplify the importance of technology transfer for institutional success,” said Paul R. Sanberg, president of INA. “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 universities ranked in the world in 2017 include: 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 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 W. Lauroesch, executive director of the IPO. “The Top 100 Universities in the World Obtained Public Service Patents in the United States is a report that demonstrates the essential role universities play in patents, licensing and commercialization. “

The list of the top 300 IPO organizations that received the most US utility patents in 2017 will be released on the 35e consecutive times later this summer.

The information provided in this list is based on data obtained from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. For this report, a university is defined as an institution that grants undergraduate degrees. Declared patents are utility patents granted in calendar year 2017. For patents with 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 licensed and / or commercialized successfully. For any inquiries or if you have a research foundation that should be associated with your academic assignment in the future, contact: [email protected]

About the National Academy of Inventors
The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) is a member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, government and nonprofit research institutes, with more than 4,000 individual inventor and fellowship members spanning over 250 institutions and growing rapidly. Our mission is to recognize and encourage inventors with patents granted by the USPTO, to improve the visibility of university technology and innovation, to encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, to educate and ” mentor innovative students and translate the inventions of its members for the benefit of society.

About the IPO

The Association of Intellectual Property Owners (IPO), established in 1972, is a trade association for owners of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. IPO is the only association in the United States that serves all intellectual property owners in all industries and all areas of technology. The IPO advocates for effective and affordable intellectual property rights and provides a wide range of services to members, including: supporting members’ interests on legislative and international issues; analyze current intellectual property issues; information and education services; and disseminate information to the general public on the importance of intellectual property rights.

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SOURCE National Academy of Inventors

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