UT System was ranked 8th globally for the most issued U.S. patents in 2016. According to a press release by UT System, it was ranked 8th among the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patent Ranking for 2016. The ranking — published by the National Academy of Inventors and Intellectual Property Owners Association — uses data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to highlight the important role patents play in advancing university research and innovation. It lists public and private research universities as well as university systems.
In 2016, researchers from UT’s eight academic and six health institutions were granted 162 patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
UT researchers are among the best in the state, nation and world, and are constantly pursuing new breakthroughs to advance humankind and enhance economies,” said Julie Goonewardene, UT System’s associate vice chancellor for innovation and strategic investment in the same release. “The UT System is committed to accelerating the success of these researchers by supporting them and their patents from the lab to the marketplace.”
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