For the sixth year in a row, the University of California has received more U.S. utility patents than any other university in the world, according to 2017 rankings from the National Academy of Inventors, or NAI, and the Intellectual Property Owners Association. .
Claiming 524 utility patents for 2017, the ten UC campuses have consistently held the top spot with a margin of over 100 utility patents since the NAI’s first ranking in 2013. Rankings have been compiled using the data from the US Patent and Trademark Office, according to an NAI press release.
Collectively, UC’s ten campuses represent one-tenth of all academic research in the country, according to UC President’s Office spokesperson Danielle Smith.
“This measure signifies the importance of unified communications as a driver of economic activity in California and the United States, as well as the thriving culture of innovation across all of our campuses and labs,” Smith said in an e -mail.
Classification measures utility patents, which may cover specific processes, machines or compositions of matter, separately from design patents, which protect the visual appearance of inventions. According to Smith, each utility patent is a “major step” towards translating laboratory research into products and companies in the market that “stimulate the California economy and create new jobs.”
In the past fiscal year, UC Berkeley received a “significant” number of patents, including 92 US patents and 125 foreign patents, according to campus spokesperson Robert Sanders. In June, UC also obtained two patents for CRISPR gene editing technology, including one related to improving human therapeutics and food safety.
“We’re thrilled with another indicator that the investments Californians are making in our campuses and national labs are helping drive California’s innovation engine,” said Randy Katz, campus vice chancellor for research, in an email.
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