ISU listed among top patent producers in 2019

For the third straight year Iowa State University has been listed among the top 100 worldwide universities to be granted patents during a calendar year.

The Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc. — which processes and holds patents tied to Iowa State research — tied for No. 77 on the 2019 list. Iowa State tied with Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, with 38 patents.

“This ranking is an indicator of Iowa State University’s excellent reputation for innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Wendy Wintersteen, Iowa State’s President in an announcement. “It shows that our faculty are among the best in the world at transferring their cutting-edge research to the marketplace to create economic opportunities and benefit Iowans and citizens around the world.”

The latest annual list was released this week and was compiled by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

Dana Rewoldt, the president of the research foundation and the interim director of the Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer says Iowa State patents come from across the university. “We have inventions that are useful in agriculture, useful in veterinary medicine, useful in engineering – we just have a body of useful research work,” she said.

The annual rankings have been compiled since 2013. Iowa State tied for 69th in 2018, tied for 83rd in  2017, tied for 70th in 2014, and tied for 86th in 2013.

The top 100 list is based on data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Iowa State is the only Iowa school on this year’s list.