NAI & IPO Release List of Top 100 Universities Receiving Patents in 2012

NAILast month, the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) published a list of the top 100 worldwide universities that received the most U.S. utility patents in 2012.  The groups did not provide a detailed discussion regarding the compilation of the list, stating only that the list was based on data obtained from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.  A comparison of Table1the top spots on the list, however, indicates that the data is identical to that found in the IPO's annual list of the top 300 organizations receiving U.S. patents (see "IPO Releases List of Top 300 Patent Holders for 2012").  The top 20 universities on the NAI/IPO listing are as follows:

The complete list of 100 universities can be found here.

As we reported last month, the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution asserted in a paper that by relying on a technologyIPO #2 transfer model based on patent licensing, only a few universities have been able to generate significant revenues, and in fact, most university technology transfer offices do not generate enough income to even cover their operating expenses (see "Brookings Paper Calls for Technology Transfer Model Based on University Start-ups").  That paper suggested that the highest earners among universities had become a select club with a stable membership, with only 37 universities having reached the top 20 of licensing revenue in any given year over the last decade.  A comparison of the Brookings Institution's "select club" of 37 universities with the NAI/IPO list indicates that the following universities made both lists:

Table2For additional information regarding this and other related topics, please see:

• "Brookings Paper Calls for Technology Transfer Model Based on University Start-ups," December 12, 2013
• "IPO Releases List of Top 300 Patent Holders for 2012," June 24, 2013
• "Another Look at IPO Top 300 and Life Sciences Top 53," June 11, 2012
• "IPO Releases List of Top 300 Patent Holders for 2011," June 7, 2012
• "IPO Releases List of Top 300 Patent Holders for 2010," June 30, 2011
• "IPO Releases List of Top 300 Patent Holders for 2009," May 26, 2010
• "IPO Releases List of Top 300 Patent Holders for 2008," May 14, 2009
• "IPO Releases List of Top 300 Patent Holders," May 22, 2008
• "IPO Posts List of Top 300 Patent Holders," April 20, 2007


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