BATON ROUGE – LSU is among the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2017, according to the National Academy of Inventors, or NAI, and Intellectual Property Owners Association, or IPO. The report ranks the top 100 universities in the world named as the first assignee on utility patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office during the 2017 calendar year.

The NAI and IPO have published the report annually since 2013 to highlight the vital role patents play in university research and innovation.

“LSU remains within the top 100 universities worldwide in terms of discovery and innovation. From biomedical patents that improve our health and well-being to advanced materials patents that will evolve our information technology, LSU is a leader helping to solve today’s challenges,” said Andrew Maas, director of the LSU Office of Innovation & Technology Commercialization.

LSU faculty applied for 145 U.S. patents. Across LSU’s campuses, 35 patents were granted and 25 of which LSU was listed as the first assignee.

The full worldwide report can be found at: http://www.academyofinventors.org/pdf/top-100-universities-2017.pdf

About the National Academy of Inventors

The National Academy of Inventors, or NAI, 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, and growing rapidly. Our mission is to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the 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.

About the IPO

The Intellectual Property Owners Association, or 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.