For the fifth consecutive year, Indiana University has been ranked in a report about intellectual property protection published by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Association.
IU Research and Technology Corp., which until July 2017 managed the technology transfer process on behalf of IU, ranked 54th in the “Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents 2017” report, tied with Drexel University, Emory University and Nanyang Technological University. It received 45 patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office during the 2017 calendar year.
The rankings were based on data obtained from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. When a patent was assigned to more than one institution, only the first named institution was given credit for the patent. IU is a member institution of the National Academy of Inventors.
In July of 2017 the technology transfer personnel of IURTC were reorganized into the IU Innovation and Commercialization Office, which operates in the Office of the Vice President for Research. ICO continues the same technology transfer tasks, which include applying for intellectual property protection; IURTC’s focus now is encouraging entrepreneurship.