LEXINGTON, Ky. — The University of Kentucky is among the top 100 worldwide universities granted U.S. utility patents in 2020, according to a report released by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO).
A member institution of the NAI, UK ranked 96th, with 29 U.S. utility patents granted in 2020. UK filed 165 patent applications and held 742 worldwide patent assets in fiscal year 2020.
The report uses data obtained from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and highlights the vital role patents play in university research and innovation. Published annually since 2013, the report ranks the top 100 universities named as the first assignee on utility patents granted by the USPTO in the 2020 calendar year. The full report can be found here.
Taunya Phillips, director of the UK Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC), said, “We work closely with UK innovators, from all areas of campus, to identify and protect their novel discoveries and works. Being on this list signals to commercialization partners and research collaborators that we are a leading institution for innovation impact, which energizes us to continue to provide valuable expertise and service.