TAMPA, Fla., July 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) have announced the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2015. The report utilizes data acquired from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to highlight the important role patents play in university research and innovation.
The NAI and IPO have published the report annually since 2013. The rankings are compiled by calculating the number of utility patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office which list a university as the first assignee on the printed patent. The full report of the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted Patents in 2015 can be found at http://www.academyofinventors.com/pdf/top-100-universities-2015.pdf.
"The rate at which our universities are producing groundbreaking technologies is growing faster than ever and it is an honor to recognize these institutions for their amazing work," said Paul R. Sanberg, president of the NAI. "We thank the IPO for collaborating with the NAI for the fourth year in a row on this ranking which confirms the importance of supporting research and innovation within academia."
The top 10 ranked universities worldwide include: The University of California System, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, The University of Texas, Tsinghua University (China), California Institute of Technology, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University, and University of Michigan.
"IPO is proud to once again release this important report with the NAI to highlight the tremendous work in patents being done at universities," said IPO Executive Director, Mark W. Lauroesch. "Inventive ecosystems continue to grow around universities, sparking a culture in which academics and innovation go hand-in-hand producing technologies which stimulate not only local and regional economies but the global economy."
IPO's 33rd consecutive annual Top 300 Patent Owners list of organizations that received the most U.S. utility patents during 2015 was also recently released. The top 10 universities on the 2015 Top 100 Universities list also appear in the 2015 Top 300 Patent Owners list.
The information provided in this list is based on data obtained from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Patents reported are utility patents granted during the 2015 calendar year. When a patent is assigned to 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 successfully licensed and/or brought to market. For inquiries or if you have a research foundation that should be combined with your university assignment in the future, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the National Academy of Inventors
The National Academy of Inventors is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with over 3,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 200 institutions, and growing rapidly. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society.
About the IPO
The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), established in 1972, is a trade association for owners of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. IPO is the only association in the U.S. that serves all intellectual property owners in all industries and all fields of technology. IPO advocates for effective and affordable IP ownership rights and provides a wide array of services to members, including: supporting member interests relating to legislative and international issues; analyzing current IP issues; information and educational services; and disseminating information to the general public on the importance of intellectual property rights. www.ipo.org
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