U.Va., Tech make list of top patent producers
The University of Virginia and Virginia Tech have been named to a list of the 100 top U.S. utility patent-producing colleges and universities in 2014.
Utility patents, the most common patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, cover the way an invention is used and how it works.
The list, which was based on data from the U.S Patent and Trademark Office, was put together by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.
With 32 patents, the University of Virginia was tied for 65th place with the University of Arkansas, University of Kentucky, Yale University and Ohio State University.
Virginia Tech, which receives its patents through the Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties Inc., was ranked 93rd, with 23 patents. It tied the University of Connecticut, Wake Forest University and Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan.
The top-ranked universities on the list were University of California System, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tsinghua University of China, Stanford University and the University of Texas.
The full U.S. patent ranking is available here.