The University of California has been ranked first in the world among universities granted U.S. utility patents in 2014, according to a report released today (June 16) by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO).
The NAI and IPO compile the annual rankings by calculating the number of utility patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The 10-campus UC system was granted 453 utility patents in 2014 for discoveries made by its researchers. As of June 2014, the university had 4,448 active U.S. patents in total.
“This ranking reflects the University of California’s incredible talent and entrepreneurial potential,” said William Tucker, interim vice president of UC’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies. “UC is a national leader in developing new knowledge and moving our research into the market so it can benefit our society, our economy and our planet.”