Johns Hopkins in Top 10 of Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents for Third Consecutive Year
The Johns Hopkins University received the seventh most U.S. utility patents among universities worldwide in 2016, according to a report released on June 6 by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO). Utility patents are issued to protect inventions—including new processes, machines, manufactured products and compositions of matter—and useful improvements to already existing products.
Based on data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the report showed that The Johns Hopkins University had 167 U.S. utility patents granted in 2016, up from 143 the previous year. This marks the third consecutive year that Johns Hopkins has placed in the top 10 and is the university’s highest ranking in the report’s five-year history.
“One of the primary goals of The Johns Hopkins University is to bring the benefits of discovery to the world,” says Christy Wyskiel, head of Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (JHTV) and senior advisor to the President of The Johns Hopkins University. “The extraordinary researchers, faculty members and students at Johns Hopkins take pride in translating innovation into products that provide tomorrow’s solutions to today’s biggest challenges.”
The NAI and IPO compile its rankings by calculating the number of utility patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office which list a university as the first assignee. Since the first report in 2013, The Johns Hopkins University has seen its number of granted U.S. utility patents grow. In 2012, the university ranked 15th with 79 granted utility patents but slipped to 20th the following year with 82 granted utility patents. In 2014, Johns Hopkins cracked the top 10 for the first time when it ranked eighth with 140 granted utility patents. The following year, Johns Hopkins again ranked eighth with 143 granted utility patents.
“The continued increase in granted utility patents showcases Johns Hopkins’ commitment to identifying, evaluating and protecting the discoveries of our faculty, staff and students,” says Neil Veloso, JHTV’s executive director of technology transfer. “Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures is equally committed to disseminating this intellectual property through licenses to university startups and established companies.”
The full report of the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2016 can be found here.