UT System ranks third nationally for U.S. patents granted in 2022

National Academy of Inventors issues new national ranking list

AUSTIN, TX - The University of Texas System has ranked third among the Top 100 U.S. Universities granted utility patents in 2022, in a new ranking list published by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).  The NAI showcases institutions of higher education that lead in discoveries of technology, medicine, and other groundbreaking inventions.

In 2022, researchers from UT’s academic and health institutions were granted 225 patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In addition to success in securing patents, UT System institutions’ research efforts in fiscal year 2022 yielded 764 new invention disclosures, launched 29 startup companies and set an all-time high of $3.8 billion in research expenditures. With more than $1.7 billion in federally-sponsored research expenditures across the same time period – a widely-recognized benchmark for research success – the UT System ranks No. 1 in Texas and No. 2 in the nation.

The top 5 institutions in the new national ranking list are: The University of California, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The University of Texas System, Purdue University and Stanford University.

In May 2023, the UT System ranked fourth in NAI’s worldwide rankings of most U.S. utility patents granted. It was the sixth consecutive year that the UT System ranked in the top five on the global list.

NAI’s Top 100 lists are created using calendar year data provided by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Top 100 placement includes all named assignees listed on the patent. See the full Top 100 U.S. universities list here.

About The University of Texas System

The University of Texas System has enhanced the lives of Texans and individuals worldwide through its commitment to education, research and healthcare for 140 years. With 14 institutions collectively enrolling over 254,000 students, the UT System stands as one of the largest public university systems in the United States. UT institutions annually produce over 66,000 graduates and award more than one-third of the undergraduate degrees in Texas, as well as over 60% of the state's medical degrees. The combined efforts of UT-owned and affiliated hospitals and clinics resulted in over 10.7 million outpatient visits and more than 2 million hospital days last year. The UT System’s $3.8 billion research enterprise is one of the nation’s most innovative and ranks No. 1 in Texas and No. 2 in the nation for federal research expenditures. The UT System has an operating budget of $29.1 billion for fiscal year 2024 and employs more than 116,000 faculty, health care professionals, support staff and student workers.

News Contact Information

Catherine Frazier: cfrazier@utsystem.edu • 512-499-4360 (direct)