JHU, UM among top schools filing patents, say inventors

Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland were among the top patent-filing universities worldwide in 2015, according to a report published this month by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

The local tech-transfer powerhouses came in at Nos. 8 and 27, respectively, the JHU being granted 143 U.S. utility patents in 2015, while the University of Maryland (the specific campus isn’t specified) was granted 65 patents.

The ranking was compiled by looking at all patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and counting those that listed a university as the first assignee — so individual schools are always listed.

Thus, the Regents of the University of California were listed at No. 1, with 489 patents granted, followed by MIT, Stanford, the University of Texas, China’s Tsinghua University, the California Institute of Technology, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Hopkins, Columbia University and the University of Michigan.


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