The University of California Leads in U.S. Patents

The University of California was granted more U.S. patents last year than any other university in the world.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted 524 utility patents to UC in 2017, according to a report by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO).

The University of California has led the pack since 2012, when NAI/IPO first began assessing the top 100 global universities to be granted U.S. utility patents. A utility patent, or patent for invention, is granted for the creation of a useful new or improved product, process or machine.

“The culture of entrepreneurialism is flourishing across UC’s campuses,” said Christine Gulbranson, UC’s senior vice president of innovation and entrepreneurship. “There is a vibrant innovation ecosystem that is helping move our research out of the lab and into the marketplace.”

UC has made a concerted effort in recent years to boost the number of accelerators, incubators and other resources aimed at fostering entrepreneurialism across its 10 campuses and five medical centers.

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