University of Pittsburgh
July 12, 2016

University of Pittsburgh Ranked Among Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2015


Joe Miksch


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PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh is one of the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2015. The report, which is published by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), utilizes data acquired from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to highlight the important role patents play in university research and innovation.

The NAI and IPO have published the report annually since 2013. The rankings are compiled by calculating 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.

Pitt faculty and students were granted 58 patents in 2015, tying for 35th in the NAI/IPO report.

“Pitt innovators are determined to translate their research discoveries into innovations that can positively benefit society. Protecting intellectual property is an important step in this process, and we are humbled to be counted among the most active universities in the world in filing and receiving patents,” said Marc Malandro, founding director of Pitt’s Innovation Institute.

The full report of the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2015 can be found at


About the National Academy of Inventors
The National Academy of Inventors® is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit member organization comprising U.S. and international universities and governmental and nonprofit research institutes, with over 3,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 200 institutions, and growing rapidly. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. The NAI publishes the multidisciplinary journal, Technology and Innovation.

About the Intellectual Property Owners Association
The Intellectual Property Owners Association, established in 1972, is a trade association for owners of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. IPO is the only association in the United States that serves all intellectual property owners in all industries and all fields of technology. IPO advocates for effective and affordable IP ownership rights and provides a wide array of services to members, including: supporting member interests relating to legislative and international issues, analyzing current IP issues, offering information and educational services, and disseminating information to the general public on the importance of intellectual property rights.