UNC, Duke, NC State Among Top Universities Worldwide for U.S. Patents

    by Zac Ezzone, staff writer at the Triangle Business Journal for TriangleINNO

    Duke University, N.C. State and UNC-Chapel Hill are among the top universities globally in holding U.S. patents, according to a recent ranking. 

    The Triangle schools each landed spots in a ranking of the top 100 universities holding U.S. utility patents. This is an annual list from the National Academy of Inventors, a group comprising universities, governmental agencies and nonprofit research institutes. 

    Duke had the highest ranking, landing at No. 29 with 92 patents. N.C. State ranked No. 60 with 53 patents and UNC ranked No. 94 with 36 patents. No other North Carolina university made the academy’s 2023 rankings, which were released in February. 

    In the academy’s 2022 report, Duke ranked No. 19 with 126 patents and UNC ranked No. 68 with 49 patents. N.C. State was at No. 71 with 48 patents. 

    The new rankings represent improvement over the long term. N.C. State did not make the academy’s 2014 list, while Duke ranked at No. 46 with 47 patents. UNC-Chapel Hill meanwhile ranked No. 44 in that list with 48 patents.

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