University of Texas institutions rank No. 4 in the world for most patents granted

National Academy of Inventors includes UT in its global 'Top 5' for sixth consecutive year

University of Texas institutions are among the most innovative in the world and for the sixth consecutive year have earned a top-five global ranking for most patents granted from the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).  

Having received 225 U.S. utility patents, UT institutions rank No. 4 in the latest NAI listing, increasing total number of patents granted in 2022 from 203 the previous year.

"From the development of FDA-approved COVID vaccines to accelerating transitions to clean energy, UT inventors are not only keeping Texas at the forefront of discovery, they demonstrate that universities are the epicenter for research and innovation and improve lives globally,"  UT System Chancellor James B. Milliken said. "I congratulate all the entrepreneurs and inventors who consistently place UT System institutions among the best places in the world to conduct their important work.”

The top 5 universities worldwide in 2022, in order of ranking, are: The University of California System, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, The University of Texas System and Purdue University.

In addition to its success in securing patents, the UT System set an all-time high in fiscal year 2022 with $3.8 billion in research expenditures across UT’s 13 academic and health institutions. With more than $1.7 billion in federally-sponsored research expenditures – a widely-recognized benchmark for research success – the UT System ranks No. 1 in Texas and No. 2 in the nation.

Published annually since 2013, the NAI Report ranks the top 100 universities named as the first assignee on utility patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the 2022 calendar year. The full report can be found here.

About The University of Texas System

For nearly 140 years, The University of Texas System has improved the lives of Texans and people all over the world through education, research and health care. With 13 institutions that enroll more than 243,000 students collectively, the UT System is one of the largest public university systems in the United States. UT institutions produce more than 64,000 graduates annually and award more than one-third of undergraduate degrees in Texas and more than 60% of the state’s medical degrees. Collectively, UT-owned and affiliated hospitals and clinics account for more than 10 million outpatient visits and more than 2 million hospital days each year. UT institutions are among the most innovative in the world, ranking No. 1 in Texas and No. 2 in the nation for federal research expenditures. The UT System also is one of the largest employers in Texas – employing more than 116,000 faculty, health care professionals, support staff and student workers – and has an operating budget of $25.2 billion for fiscal year 2023.

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