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Home | News | UT institutions rise to No. 3 in world for most patents granted
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UT institutions rise to No. 3 in world for most patents granted

UT institutions collectively are ranked No. 3 in the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents for 2019, released Tuesday by the National Academy of Inventors and Intellectual Property Owners Association.

“This ranking reflects the ingenuity among researchers and scientists at UT institutions across the state,” UT System Chancellor James B. Milliken said. “And this ingenuity is driving discoveries that make a global impact, from advancing treatments and therapies for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases to developing new technologies that improve our quality of life and our nation’s competitiveness.”

That’s up two spots from the 2018 ranking, in which the UT System ranked No. 5.

The rankings are based on the number of U.S. patents issued to institutions of higher education in 2019.  In 2019, researchers from UT institutions were granted 276 utility patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Using data obtained from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the report has been published annually since 2013 to highlight the vital role patents play in university research and innovation. Public and private research universities as well as university systems are included.

The top 10 universities worldwide in 2019, in order of ranking, are: The University of California System, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The University of Texas System, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Stanford University, Tsinghua University, Johns Hopkins University, California Institute of Technology, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, and University of Michigan.

“The institutions included in this year’s report are leading innovation worldwide through their encouragement of academic discovery and invention,” said Paul R. Sanberg, president of the NAI. “We are proud to collaborate with the IPO for the eighth consecutive year to highlight universities that have made critical contributions to society.”

“University patents ignite a culture of growth and innovation which in turn stimulates the economy,” said Jessica Landacre, executive director at the IPO. “The Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents demonstrates which institutions excel in this arena.”

Across the 14 UT institutions, research and development expenditures total $3.1 billion – the second highest among U.S. public higher education systems.

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