American universities applied for far more international patents than those of other countries in 2014, according to a report released Friday by the World International Patent Organization.
Major telecom companies from China and the United States filed the most applications over all, and only one university (the University of California system) makes the top 50 of global patent applicants. But the rankings of universities are a reflection of tech transfer programs. Despite concerns that American universities may be losing ground to those of other countries, 9 of the top 10 universities are American. But in the next 10, 6 are from outside the United States, and appear to be increasing their number of applications at faster rates than their American counterparts.
The following table shows the top 20 educational institutions in patent applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty. Several of the institutions listed here are university systems, not individual campuses. The full table may be found here.
International Patent Applications, 2014
|Rank Among Universities||Rank Among All Applicants||University||Number of applications|
|1||47||U. of California system||413|
|2||83||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||234|
|3||132||U. of Texas System||154|
|5||163||Johns Hopkins U.||135|
|8||225||California Institute of Technology||103|
|9||249||U. of Pennsylvania||94|
|10||253||Seoul National U. (South Korea)||92|
|12||290||Nanyang Technological U. (Singapore)||82|
|13||293||U. of Florida||81|
|13||293||Kyoto U. (Japan)||81|
|13||293||Danmarks Tekniske U. (Denmark)||81|
|16||304||U. of Tokyo (Japan)||79|
|17||305||U. of Michigan||78|
|18||312||Korea University (South Korea)||77|
|19||314||Peking University (China)||76|
|20||325||U. of Washington||74|
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