Top Five Universities for Government-Funded Patents

The government grants funds to a variety of companies, universities, government organizations, and others to provide tools for innovation. Universities rank high among recipients of government-funded patents. With the exception of IBM, universities top the list of most received government-funded patents for the first ten months of this year.

Using our sister company’s proprietary patent analytics tool, ipAnalytx, we identified leading universities that receive the most government-funded patents. They are as follows:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with 150 patents.
  • Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation with 108 patents.
  • The Regents of the University of California with 100 patents.
  • The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University with 81 patents.
  • The California Institute of Technology with 81 patents.

In addition to government-funded patents, these same universities are among the top universities that receive the most patents overall. For the first ten months of 2014, MIT had 263 patent grants and 286 patent applications; Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation had 131 patent grants and nearly 149 patent applications; the Regents of the University of California had 194 patent grants and 517 patent applications; the Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University had 134 patent grants and 124 patent applications; and the California Institute of Technology had 151 patent grants and 171 patent applications.

These universities delve into a variety of fields including chemistry, plants, amplifiers, surgery, television, data processing, optics, electricity, and much more. To disregard the role of universities in innovation would be a huge disservice. With just the five universities we have listed, they represent more than 870 patent grants and more than 1,200 patent applications in the first ten months of this year. According toAUTM (Association of University Technology Managers), in 2012, academic TTOs filed 22,750 patent applications. Without realizing it, many people rely on the innovations that universities and the government provide.

Top Patent Classes Among Universities Involve Medical Indications

Universities significantly contribute to the medical field through their research efforts. Staffed with medical researchers, professors, and doctors, universities supply skills, labs, and knowledge necessary to provide advanced medical products to improve our health. The government often approves grants to these universities to enhance their efforts. Universities tend to focus on three patent classes that have strong representation in the medical field.

Based on the top five universities that receive the most government-funded patents, the top three patent classes are 435: Chemistry: Molecular Biology and Microbiology; 424: Drug, Bio-Affecting and Body Treating Compositions; and 514: Drug, Bio-Affecting and Body Treating Compositions. The five universities show more than 160 patents in these classes for the first ten months of this year. Many of these patents resulted from government-funded research.

Among the top three patent classes, a large variety of subclasses exist. For the 435 class, various inventions involve gene products, artificial immune systems, biofuel, detection for poison oak oil, and identification and isolation of cancer cells, to name a few. For the 424 and 514 classes, some inventions include treatment for inflammation disorders, influenza vaccines, tissue regeneration systems, detection of predisposition to breast cancer, ischemic heart disease treatments, multiple sclerosis treatments, diabetes treatments, and skin burn and open wound treatments, among others.

As noted, universities play a critical role in our health. The United States has a large need for many of the inventions cited. For instance, heart disease, diabetes, and various types of cancers continue to affect large numbers of people annually. Therefore, the fact that universities target these health issues shows how valuable of a role they play in the medical industry.