Top 100 Worldwide Universities Announced by the National Academy of Inventors


Tampa, FL – February 15, 2024

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.” 

The Top 100 Worldwide Universities List is one of three annual rankings which are published by the National Academy of Inventors. The next list to be released this spring will be the Top 100 U.S. Universities granted U.S. utility patents. This year will also include the  launch of a new list, the Top 50 Research, Governmental, and Non-profit Institutions granted U.S. utility patents. These lists will be released leading up to NAI’s 13th Annual Conference held in Raleigh, North Carolina. See the full Top 100 Worldwide List here.

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:  [email protected]