The Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) recently published a list of the top 100 universities worldwide granted patents in 2013. As reported in the IP Record, these universities are:
(foreign universities in bold)
62% of these universities are U.S. universities, with China (18%) being the foreign country with the largest number of patent-owning universities. U.S. universities having the largest number of patents are both public (the University of California system, Texas, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Illinois) and private (MIT, Stanford, Columbia and CalTech) and represent universities large and small. Undisclosed in this Report is any correlation between the number of patents and the amount of grant monies obtained by each of these universities; these results support the sentiment, voiced at the Tech Transfer Summit/North America earlier this week by many tech transfer officials that universities should concentrate on patenting fulfilling the statutory mandate to facilitate technology transfer and commercialization and less on university tech transfer offices being a profit center for their universities.