UK Among Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2016

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 6, 2017) — The University of Kentucky is listed in the new report:Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2016.  The report, which is published by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), utilizes data acquired from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to highlight the important role patents play in university research and innovation.

The NAI and IPO have published the report annually since 2013. The rankings are compiled by calculating the number of utility patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office which list a university as the first assignee on the issued patent. 

"This ranking evidences the incredible amount of innovation happening here at UK,” said Ian McClure, director of the UK Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC), which is responsible for managing all of UK's intellectual property and commercializing its research through technology licensing and start-up ventures. “The new patents we received in 2016 cover breakthrough technologies spanning from new flexible materials to medical devices to cancer and other disease therapeutics. Some of these patents have already been licensed to companies that have committed to commercialize them.  For any not yet licensed, our office is diligently seeking partners and exploring commercialization pathways."

The full report of the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2016 can be found at

The IPO's Top 300 Patent Owners list of organizations that received the most U.S. utility patents during 2016 was also released for the 34th consecutive time.

For more information, contact the UK OTC at 859-218-6509 or

About the National Academy of Inventors

The National Academy of Inventors is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with over 4,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 250 institutions. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society.  

About the IPO

The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), established in 1972, is a trade association for owners of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.  IPO is the only association in the U.S. that serves all intellectual property owners in all industries and all fields of technology. IPO advocates for effective and affordable IP ownership rights and provides a wide array of services to members, including:  supporting member interests relating to legislative and international issues; analyzing current IP issues; information and educational services; and disseminating information to the general public on the importance of intellectual property rights.