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April 06, 2006
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Press Release, 06-24

USPTO Releases List of Top 10 Universities Receiving Most Patents in 2005

University of California Leads U.S. Academic Institutions for 12th Consecutive Year

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the top 10 U.S. universities receiving the most patents during calendar year 2005. Listed below are the universities receiving the most patents for inventions in 2005, along with their 2004 ranking. The University of California tops the list for the 12th consecutive year.

"America's economic strength and global leadership depend on continued technological advances," said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas. "Groundbreaking discoveries and patented inventions generated by innovative minds at academic institutions have paid enormous dividends, improving the lives and livelihoods of generations of Americans." 

PRELIMINARY LIST OF TOP PATENTING U.S. UNIVERSITIES
Calendar Year 2005

This report presents a preliminary list of the U.S. universities receiving the most patents for invention (i.e., utility patents) during the 2005 calendar year. All campuses are included.

Rank
in 2005*
Number of
Patents in 2005*
U.S. University* Rank
in 2004*
Number of
Patents in 2004*
  1
390
University of California
  (1)
(424)
  2
136
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  (3)
(132)
  3
101
California Institute of Technology
  (2)
(135)
    4**
  90
Stanford University **
  (6)
  (75)
    **
  90
University of Texas **
  (4)
(101)
  5
  77
University of Wisconsin
  (8)
  (64)
    6**
  71
John Hopkins University **
  (5)
  (94)
     **
  71
University of Michigan **
  (7)
  (67)
  7
  64
University of Florida
(13)
  (41)
  8
  57
Columbia University
(10)
  (52)
    9**
  43
Georgia Institute of Technology **
(19)
  (37)
     **
  43
University of Pennsylvania **
(24)
  (32)
10
  41
Cornell University
(16)
  (40)

* The listed patent counts are preliminary counts that are subject to correction.

** Indicates a tie in the ranking among two or more U.S. universities.

 

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