06 June 2019
The National Academy of Inventors is an association of universities, research institutes and individual members and fellows that was established in 2010 to encourage invention and innovation. In cooperation with the Intellectual Property Owners’ Association it produces an annual list of universities granted US utility patents. This is a limited view of the world of innovation but it does reveal some interesting trends and patterns. Slightly more than two thirds of the universities or university systems in the top 100 are located in the USA. South Korea has the second largest number, followed by Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan.
There are now four Middle Eastern institutions in the top 100: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia, in fourth place up from sixth in 2017, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia, in 25th up from 30th, Tel Aviv University in 66th place down from 64th and Technion Israel in 76th down from 39th.
The current top ten institutions or systems are:
- University of California
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Stanford University
- King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
- University of Texas
- California Institute of Technology
- Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
- Harvard College
- Johns Hopkins University
- Arizona State University.
Academy of Inventors