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University of Houston ranks among top 100 global universities for patent

Marisol Gallagher

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HOUSTON, TX — The University of Houston ranked among the top 100 global universities for the number of utility patents issued in 2020 with 37 utility patents.

Utility patents become one of the most valuable assets globally, covering new, useful processes or machines. The patents aim to improve the quality of life.

The University of Houston ranked No. 79 on the list together with two other Texas universities in the top 100 – The University of Texas and Texas A&M University.

The National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association have published this list of top-performing public and private institutions since 2013. They use data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and for the last six years, UH has ranked among the top 100 global universities.

“The University of Houston is making critical contributions to science and engineering and hence to society, driven by our overarching goal to improve the quality of life. This ranking reflects our dedication to addressing the most pressing problems faced by society, including energy technology and medical care,” said Amr Elnashai, vice president/vice chancellor for research and technology transfer at UH.

The UH Technology Bridge is central to the success of moving technologies from the lab to the marketplace. With 30,000 square feet of incubator space and more than 700,000 square feet of space suited for laboratories, pilot-scale facilities, and light manufacturing, the Technology Bridge currently houses 28 startups.

The National Academy of Inventors is a member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, governmental as well as non-profit research institutes, with more than 4,000 individual inventor members and Fellows covering over 250 institutions in the world.

The organization was founded in 2010 to acknowledge and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), increase 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 give benefit to the society.

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