National Academy of Inventors Announces Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2018

NAI Announces Top 100 for 2018

NAI Announces Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2018

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) have announced the seventh consecutive report on top university patent holders. The Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2018* was compiled using data obtained from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The Top 100 highlights the vital role patents play in translating university research and innovation.

Published annually by the NAI and IPO since 2013, the report ranks the top 100 universities named as the first assignee on utility patents granted by the USPTO during the 2018 calendar year. The full report can be found on Ingenta, where the NAI publishes the multidisciplinary journal, Technology & Innovation.

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Congratulations to the 66 NAI Member Institutions Among the Top 100

Member Institutions Listed by Rank in the Top 100

1. University of California System
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
5. University of Texas System
6. California Institute of Technology
8. Harvard University
9. Johns Hopkins University
10. Arizona State University
12. Purdue University
14. University of Pennsylvania
15. Columbia University
16. University of South Florida
17. Case Western Reserve University
18. Northwestern University
19. University of Florida
20. Duke University
20. University of Minnesota
22. University of Illinois
23. Cornell University
27. University of Pittsburgh
28. University of Maryland
30. State University of New York System
31. New York University
32. University of North Carolina
33. University of Washington
33. Florida International University
37. The University of Utah
37. Rutgers University
37. University of Massachusetts
37. Yale University
41. Carnegie Mellon University
42. University of Virginia
43. Vanderbilt University
43. The Ohio State University

47. Emory University
49. Nanyang Technological University
51. The University of New Mexico
51. Drexel University
53. University of Southern California
53. University of Colorado
53. The University of Akron
53. Washington University
57. Princeton University
58. The Pennsylvania State University
60. National Taiwan University
60. University of Missouri
63. Indiana University
63. City University of Hong Kong
66. The University of Arizona
69. Florida State University
69. Iowa State University
69. Wake Forest University
72. University of South Carolina
72. Michigan State University
75. University of Central Florida
79. University of Nebraska
79. The University of Iowa
82. University of Rochester
82. Tufts University
85. The University of British Columbia
88. University of Houston System
88. Texas A&M University
92. Northeastern University
93. University of Alabama
93. University of Connecticut
98. Dartmouth College
98. University of Georgia

* The information provided in this list is based on data obtained from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. For this report, a university is defined as an institution that grants undergraduate-level degrees. Patents reported are utility patents granted during the 2018 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

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