NAI and IPO Announce Top 100 Universities Worldwide Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2013
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National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association release ranking of Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents

TAMPA, Fla. (June 10, 2014) – 
The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) today announced the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2013.  The list, based on data obtained from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, recognizes the important role patents play in university research.

The NAI and IPO compile the list each year 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 list of Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted Patents in 2013 is here.

The top 15 universities on the list include: The University of California System, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tsinghua University (Beijing), Stanford University, University of Texas, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), California Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Georgia Tech Research Corp, University of Michigan, University of Illinois, University of South Florida, National Taiwan University, University of Florida Research Foundation, Inc., and National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan).

“The NAI is pleased to be releasing this list of the top innovation universities in the world in conjunction with the IPO for the second year in a row,” said Paul R. Sanberg, president of the NAI. “Innovation based on university technology continues to be a key factor in economic development. The expansion of technology and innovation are fundamental to the success of a university.”

Concurrently, the IPO has released their annual Top 300 Patent Owners list of organizations worldwide that received the most U.S. utility patents during 2013.  That list has been published by the IPO for 31 consecutive years.

“Patents promote innovation and can increase potential research funding by providing corporations and businesses the incentive to invest in university projects,” said IPO Executive Director Herbert C. Wamsley. “These innovations can help solidify the transfer of cutting-edge research to the marketplace, producing revenue and expanding the economy.” 

“University researchers and inventors are creators of new solutions to existing difficulties, and, as such, are vital to the advancement of technology,” said Sanberg.  “Protection of this innovative property, through patenting, strengthens the creation of new industries and employment.”

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 2013 calendar year. When a patent is assigned to one or more entities, credit is given to the first named entity. For inquiries or if you have a research foundation that should be combined with your university assignment in the future, contact April Turley.


For the Top 300 Organizations Wordlwide for Granted U.S. Utitlity Patents in 2013 visit the IPO Website at

Congratulations to the NAI Charter Member Institutions who made the Top 100 List :

#1    Univ of California System
#2    Mass. Institute of Tech.
#5    University of Texas
#6    Wisconsin Alumni RF
#7    Cali. Institute of Tech.
#8    Columbia University
#11    University of Illinois
#12    Univ of South Florida
#14    University of Florida
#20    Johns Hopkins Univ
#20    Univ of Southern Cali.
#22    Northwestern Univ
#24    Cornell University
#25    The Ohio State Univ
#27    Purdue University
#29    University at Buffalo
#31    The Univ of Utah
#32    Univ of Massachusetts
#33    Univ of Minnesota
#35    New York University
#37    Arizona State Univ
#38    Univ of Central Florida
#38    Univ of Maryland
#40    Univ of North Carolina
#43    Florida State Univ
#50    Rutgers University
#50    Univ of Colorado, AMC
#53    Dartmouth College 
#57    The Penn State University
#58    North Carolina State Univ
#58    Washington Univ
#61    Univ of Missouri System
#63    Case Western University
#68    Drexel University
#68    University of Arkansas
#72    University of Akron
#72    Ecole Polytechnique
#74    Michigan State University
#80    The Univ of Tennessee
#81    Texas A&M Univ
#86    Emory University
#86    Univ of Kentucky
#89    Yale University
#97    Auburn University
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About the National Academy of Inventors (NAI)
The NAI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member organization comprised of U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutions, 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. The NAI edits the multidisciplinary journal, Technology and Innovation – Proceedings of the National Academy of Inventors, published by Cognizant Communication Corporation (NY). 
About the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
The 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.