On The List
UH ranked in top 100 U.S. universities for patents by National Academy of Inventors
The University of Houston ranks 60th on the National Academy of Inventors’ (NAI) list of the Top 100 Universities in the U.S. Granted Utility Patents.
This new list was created to celebrate American innovation and to highlight the universities that play a large role in advancing the innovation ecosystem within the U.S. and beyond.
Utility patents are among the most valuable assets in the world because they give inventors exclusive commercial rights to produce and utilize their technologies.
UH had 32 patents granted last year, and more than 200 granted since 2015. The University is also home to the nation’s top-ranked undergraduate entrepreneurship program and is one of the top 25 royalty-earning universities in the country.
UH joins the University of Texas (3rd), Texas A&M (37th), Texas Tech (tied for 75th) and Baylor (tied for 75th) as the only Texas institutions ranked.
“This recognition further underscores our commitment to innovation and the impactful research taking place at UH,” says Ramanan Krishnamoorti, vice president of energy and innovation at UH. “It is a testament to the dedication and ingenuity of our faculty, researchers, and students who continue to push the boundaries of knowledge and drive positive change in our world through their hard work and inventive contributions.”
Since 2013, NAI has published a list of the top 100 patent-producing universities worldwide, and UH has made that list seven of the past eight years. This new list is meant to provide a more focused view of the national innovation landscape and the contributions made by U.S. academic institutions.
“As a U.S.-based national academy, it is important to us not only to showcase innovation happening on the broader world stage, but here at home as well,” says Jamie Renee, executive director of the NAI. “Invention has been part of the American experience since the country’s inception, with intellectual property being protected in the Constitution.”
NAI’s Top 100 lists are created using calendar year data provided by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Top 100 placement includes all named assignees listed on the patent.
“Innovation has always been at the heart of U.S. culture and the Top 100 U.S. Universities list allows us to recognize and celebrate the commitment these universities have to the American tradition of invention and protection of IP,” adds Renee.
The National Academy of Inventors is a member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutions, with over 4,000 individual inventor members and fellows spanning more than 250 institutions worldwide.
It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), 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 has a close partnership with the USPTO that is reflected in their joint mission to expand access to underrepresented individuals and institutions participating in the invention and innovation ecosystem.