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ASU makes Top 10 in U.S. patent rankings for third straight year

For the third consecutive year, ASU is in the top 10 for U.S. patents issued to U.S. universities—and 11th worldwide—according to an annual ranking of the top universities by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

“These patents represent the hard work of ASU’s elite research faculty, their dedication to tackle and solve society’s biggest problems and the success they are having in that mission,” said Sally C. Morton, executive vice president of ASU’s Knowledge Enterprise. “ASU is committed—at its core—to changing the world for the better. This acknowledgement demonstrates how we continue to drive forth those efforts.”

In 2020, ASU was issued 140 U.S. patents, up from 137 the previous year, a total that ties with the University of Florida and puts ASU just one spot behind Harvard. Other U.S. universities in the top 10 include MIT, Stanford and Caltech. Tsinghua University in Beijing was the only non-U.S. university to surpass ASU on the global list.

The commercialization of innovations created by ASU researchers is led by the team at Skysong Innovations, ASU’s exclusive technology transfer and intellectual property management organization. The team of business, technology and legal experts at Skysong Innovations collaborates with ASU faculty, postdocs and staff to protect and market the intellectual property they create.

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