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UC Tops List of Universities Receiving Patents in 2003

February 13, 2004

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced the top 10 U.S. universities receiving the most patents during calendar year 2003. The University of California tops the list for the tenth consecutive year.

While the first seven places went to the same research institutions as 2002, with some rearrangement of order, the 8-10 places were improvements. Cornell rose 11 places from its 2002 finish to join the 2003 list tied for the 10th spot with the University of Florida.

The top 10 and the number of patents were:

1. University of California (439)

2. California Institute of Technology (139)

3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (127)

4. University of Texas (96)

5. Stanford University (85)

6. University of Wisconsin (84)

7. Johns Hopkins University (70)

8. University of Michigan (63)

9. Columbia University (61)

10. Cornell University (59)

10. University of Florida (59)

The USPTO reports the primary counts are preliminary and final figures will not be available until December 2004.