UArizona ranks 28th among the world’s top 100 universities with utility patents in the United States in 2020


By Paul Tumarkin, Tech Launch Arizona

June 15, 2021

The University of Arizona is ranked 28th among the world’s top 100 universities with the most U.S. patents granted for inventions in 2020, according to a list released June 15 by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

The new ranking represents continued growth for UArizona. In 2020, a total of 81 patents were issued to the UArizona and the Arizona Board of Regents for inventions developed at the university, 19 more than the previous year. In 2018, the university ranked 66th and in 2019, the ranking rose to 39th.

“The university’s land granting mission invites us to apply what we discover through research to solve real-world problems,” said the president of the University of Arizona. Robert C. Robbins. “This is reflected in our strategic plan, our commitment to helping researchers and scientists bring their inventions to market, and in the number of these inventions that are the subject of patents. I am very happy to see the University of the Arizona will continue to climb this list. “

Along with its continued commitment to world-class research, the university amplified its commitment to the commercialization of technology in 2012 with the establishment of Tech Launch Arizona, an office dedicated to commercializing inventions from the innovations of UArizona. .

“The growth in the number of patents granted each year is a tangible indicator that our commercialization strategy is delivering intellectual property that can be licensed,” said Doug Hockstad, associate vice president of Tech Launch Arizona. “This is the first step on the road to realizing our ultimate goal of putting these inventions into the hands of innovative companies and turning them into products such as new therapies, medical devices and computer applications. that improve lives and generate economic growth. “

“The university has demonstrated throughout its history our strength in discovery spanning the academic spectrum, from medicine to space science,” said Elizabeth “Betsy” Cantwell, senior vice-president of research and innovation. “When we patent inventions resulting from our research, we take the essential next step in translating the knowledge developed here so that it can impact the lives of people everywhere. “

The NAI uses data obtained from the US Patent and Trademark Office and highlights the vital role patents play in academic research and innovation.

Published annually since 2013, the report ranks the top 100 universities named as the first assignee on utility patents granted by the office in calendar year 2020.

“The institutions included in this year’s report are at the forefront of innovation in the world in fostering academic discovery and invention,” said Paul R. Sanberg, president of the NAI. “We are proud to collaborate with the IPO for the ninth year in a row to spotlight universities that have made essential contributions to society.

There are 55 NAI member institutions represented in the Top 100 this year. The IPO’s Top 300 Patent Owners List, published each year since 1985, ranks the organizations around the world that have received the most patents in the world. US utility in the previous calendar year.


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