Georgia Institutions Among Top 100 Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents


ATLANTA, GA—June 8, 2017— The Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2016 has been announced by The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO). Three Georgia universities made the list:

Georgia Tech Research Corporation ranked #32 with 63 patents, followed by Emory University at #66 with 33 patents and University of Georgia Research Foundation at #91 with 27 patents.

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 patents our universities produce represent important processes, products and treatments which provide significant societal benefit as well as generate job creation that sustains and helps grow our local, regional and global economy,” said Paul R. Sanberg, president of the NAI. “It is an honor to recognize the top patent holders through this report in collaboration with IPO for the fifth consecutive year.”

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.

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