The University of California was granted more U.S. patents last year than any other university in the world.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted 524 utility patents to UC in 2017, according to a report by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO). Coming in second was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with 306.
The University of California has led the pack since 2012, when NAI/IPO first began assessing the top 100 global universities to be granted U.S. utility patents. A utility patent, sometimes known as a patent for invention, is granted for the creation of a useful new or improved product, process or machine.
“The culture of entrepreneurialism is flourishing across UC’s campuses,” Gulbranson said. “UC conducts one-tenth of all the academic research in the nation, and there is a vibrant innovation ecosystem that is helping move that research out of the lab and into the marketplace.”