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By Crystal Carter, Texas A&M Innovation – March 7, 2024

THE TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SYSTEM ranks on Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted Utility Patents in 2023

COLLEGE STATION, Texas. (March 7, 2024) — The Texas A&M University System (A&M System) has ranked #48 on the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted Utility Patents in 2023, a list published by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

In celebration of National Inventors Day, the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has released the 2023 Top 100 Worldwide Universities List. Released annually by the Academy, the Top 100 Worldwide Universities List ranks the top universities holding U.S. utility patents to showcase the important research and innovation taking place within academic institutions. The Academy has been releasing the rankings based on calendar year data provided by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) since 2013.

“The Top 100 Worldwide list highlights the essential role universities across the globe play in creating patented technologies that beneficially impact society”, said Dr. Paul Sanberg, President of the National Academy of Inventors. “At the Academy, it is important for us to recognize and celebrate research and commercialization happening at the university level, as well as spread awareness on how intellectual property can benefit innovators and their institutions.”  

“We’re very honored to receive this national recognition,“ said Texas A&M Innovation Chief Innovation Officer, Pete ONeill. “It is our goal to support inventors and commercialization across The Texas A&M University System. This year is the first time in recent years that Texas A&M ranked in the top 50 on this international list, and we are working hard with our inventors to continue to grow our IP portfolio. This recognition from the National Academy of Inventors is important acknowledgement of the efforts of so many people who are helping us move in the direction of those aspirations.”

Texas A&M Innovation recognizes the efforts of the inventors from the following A&M System members as key to the top 50 ranking: Texas A&M University, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Prairie View A&M University, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, and Texas A&M University – Commerce.

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About Texas A&M Innovation

Texas A&M Innovation supports inventors and commercializes innovations across The Texas A&M University System, using a rigorous process to guide projects from new innovations through market commercialization. Our team provides various services including protecting System intellectual property, increasing inventor engagement through education and outreach, building industry partnerships, supporting startups and entrepreneurial ventures, and facilitating access to critical resources to accelerate commercialization of System intellectual property.  Through our work we strive to promote regional economic development and positively impact the lives of people locally, nationally, and globally.


About the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted Utility Patents in 2023

The information provided in this list is based on data obtained from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. For this report, a university is defined as an institution that has undergraduate degrees. Patents include only utility patents granted during the 2023 calendar year. All assignees are credited for patents when listed. The number of patents granted does not necessarily indicate the value of a university’s technology, the effectiveness of its research, or whether its patents will be successfully licensed and/or brought to market. This is a dynamic list of worldwide institution patents. Some universities may record patents under different, yet similar names or combine their patents under one foundation or trustee name. If you have questions please contact:


About the National Academy of Inventors

The National Academy of Inventors is a 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 worldwide. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), 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. The NAI has a close partnership with the USPTO that is reflected in their joint mission to expand access to underrepresented individuals and institutions participating in the invention and innovation ecosystem. NAI is one of three honorific organizations, along with the National Medals Foundation and National Inventors Hall of Fame, working closely with the USPTO on many discovery and innovation support initiatives. The NAI publishes the multidisciplinary journal, Technology and



Texas A&M Innovation at College Station works with a diverse array of partners – including entrepreneurs, investors, technology incubators, and large enterprises – to improve lives by commercializing innovations from The Texas A&M University System. Texas A&M research generates more than 300 new technologies each year, providing abundant and varied opportunities for industry collaboration. Learn more about the Texas A&M Innovation technology portfolio.

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