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The University of New Mexico Makes List of Top 100 Worldwide Universities With Largest Number of Issued U.S. Patents for Third Year in a Row

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – July 12, 2016.  The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) released their list of the top 100 universities and research organizations worldwide receiving U. S. patents in 2015.  The rankings recognize academic institutions and their academic inventors as the nation’s major generators of new technologies that have received U. S. patents.  The University of New Mexico is ranked 46th among the top 100 for number of issued patents received in 2015 for its inventions.

“This is wonderful news and a significant achievement,” said Lisa Kuuttila, CEO & Chief Economic Development Officer of STC.UNM, the University’s technology-transfer and economic-development organization. “This is the third year in a row UNM has placed in the top 100.  Our rankings were 56 in 2013, 42 in 2015, and 46 in 2016, placing us in the top 50 in the world within the past two years.  The recognition by NAI and IPO confirms UNM’s reputation as a place that promotes and supports innovation.” STC.UNM (STC) is responsible for filing patents on UNM’s technologies so that they can be licensed by companies and form the basis of new companies. Patents protect the intellectual property rights of all inventors and are what drive innovation and investment, which contribute greatly to economic development.

The NAI and IPO have published the list annually since 2013.  The rankings use data from the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and are compiled by calculating the number of utility patents granted by the USPTO that lists a university as the first assignee on the printed patent.

The full report of the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted Patents in 2015 can be found at http://www.academyofinventors.com/pdf/top-100-universities-2015.pdf.

As the technology-transfer and economic-development organization for the University of New Mexico (UNM), STC.UNM (STC) protects and commercializes technologies developed at UNM by filing patents and copyrights and transferring them to the marketplace.  We connect the business community (companies, entrepreneurs and investors) to these UNM technologies for licensing opportunities and the creation of start-up companies. STC’s vision is to play a vital role in New Mexico’s economic development and to be a leader in technology commercialization.  Under the leadership of CEO Lisa Kuuttila, STC is substantially growing its program using the Rainforest model to develop an innovation economy in New Mexico.  In 2013, STC was tasked by UNM with implementing its economic-development initiatives.  To learn more about us, visit our website at http://www.stc.unm.edu.

About the National Academy of Inventors
The National Academy of Inventors® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with over 3,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 200 institutions, and growing rapidly. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 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. The NAI publishes the multidisciplinary journal, Technology and Innovation, Journal of the National Academy of Inventors. www.academyofinventors.org

About the IPO
The Intellectual Property Owners Association (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. www.ipo.org