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Case Western Reserve University ranks 27th nationally among universities granted utility patents

Case Western Reserve University ranks No. 27 nationally for the number of U.S. Utility Patents awarded to the university and its researchers, according to 2023 data compiled by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

The annual rankings, released June 4 by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), highlights universities nationally for their significant role in advancing innovation and invention in the United States.

“CWRU’s impressive patent production is testament to our innovative faculty,” said Michael Oakes, senior vice president for Research, Office of Research and Technology Management at Case Western Reserve. “We strive to devote scarce resources to patents with the highest probability of impact.”

NAI’s Top 100 U.S. Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents list is created using calendar-year data provided by the USPTO. Top 100 placement includes all named assignees listed on the patent. See the full Top 100 U.S. Universities rankings here.

NAI has published rankings since 2013, starting with the Top 100 Worldwide Universities list. Last year, the Top 100 U.S. Universities ranking was introduced to serve as a complement to the Top 100 Worldwide Universities list and provide a more focused view of the national innovation landscape and contributions made by U.S. academic institutions.

This year, NAI launched the Top 60 Worldwide Non-profit Research Institutes and Government Agencies ranking, highlighting the role non-profit research institutions and government agencies play in advancing innovation and driving the global economy. Together, these rankings aim to provide a comprehensive view of IP protection in the innovation ecosystem.

“As we look at the current and future state of innovation in our nation, we need to ensure that the U.S. is remaining competitive in the international innovation ecosystem,” said NAI President Paul R. Sanberg. “Protecting intellectual property (IP) is a key component to this, and the Top 100 U.S. Universities list allows us to recognize and celebrate universities and their faculty, staff and students who are not only innovating at high levels but taking the additional step of protecting their IP through patenting.”  

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