07 June 2017

The National Academy of Inventors is an organisation, based in Florida, that includes universities, research institutes and over 3,000 individual members and fellows. Its declared objectives are to “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 Academy publishes an annual ranking of universities granted US utility patents. The USA continues to hold a dominant position although it should be noted that it has an advantage because the ranking counts university systems such as the University of California and the University of Texas rather than campuses.

This year the US continues to dominate the top twenty with seventeen institutions while China, South Korea and Saudi Arabia have one representative each.

The top ten universities or university systems are:

  1. University of California
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  3. Stanford University
  4. California Institute of Technology
  5. Tsinghua University
  6. University of Wisconsin
  7. Johns Hopkins
  8. University of Texas
  9. University of Michigan
  10. Columbia University

Several Asian countries such as South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Israel are well represented. One unexpected result was the appearance of Umm Al Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia in 97th place.

Source:
National Academy of Inventors

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