ATLANTA, GA—July 23, 2016— Three Georgia universities ranked among the top 100 universities worldwide for the number of U.S. utility patents granted in 2015, according to a recent list released by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IOP).
Georgia Tech Research Corporation ranked #25, followed by University of Georgia Research Foundation at #81 and Emory University at #92.
The list, based on data obtained from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, recognizes the important role patents play in university research. Utility patents are issued for the invention of a new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or a new and useful improvement, according to the patent office.
The NAI and IPO compile the rankings each year by calculating the number of utility patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that list a university as the first assignee on the printed patent.
Check out the full list here: http://www.academyofinventors.org/press-releases.asp