rankings, which highlight the vital role patents play in university research
and innovation, are based on data from the United States Patent and Trademark
Office (USPTO). The report ranks the top 100 universities named as the first
assignee on utility patents granted by the USPTO during the 2018 calendar year.
Case Western Reserve, which climbed to 17th
with 95 utility patents granted in 2018, has demonstrated a steady growth in
the rankings, up from 43rd in 2017, 46th in 2016 and 51st in
“This recognition is evidence of the extraordinary
ingenuity of Case Western Reserve faculty and of the university’s commitment to
bring our discoveries and inventions to the market, where they can be of
greatest benefit to society,” said Suzanne Rivera, vice president for research.
The NAI is a member organization comprising national and
international universities and governmental and nonprofit research institutes,
with over 4,000 inventor members and fellows representing more than 250 institutions
The top 10 ranked universities worldwide in 2018 are:
University of California System
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
University of Texas System
California Institute of Technology
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
Johns Hopkins University
(tie) Arizona State University and University of Michigan.