The University of South Carolina made the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association’s Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents list.
USC tied for 88th with 28 patents, tying with Brigham Young University and Georgetown University.
The rankings calculated 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 in 2016. Data came from the U.S. Patent and Trademark 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. Sanbeg, president of the NIA, in a press release.
The top 10 ranked universities worldwide are the University of California System, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, California Institute of Technology, Tsinghua University in China, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Texas System, University of Michigan, and Columbia University.