UW–Madison and WARF again rank high in patents

A survey of the world’s top universities placed the University of Wisconsin–Madison as the seventh-greatest source of U.S. patents. The ranking, by the National Academy of Inventors and Intellectual Property Owners Association, attests to UW–Madison’s continued success in the granting of “utility” patents for inventions in a broad range of fields, says Norman Drinkwater, interim vice chancellor for research and graduate education.

The 157 patents issued in 2018 to the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation for UW–Madison inventions included, for instance, a genetic sequence from a wheat virus that could enable production of multiple proteins from a single strand of messenger RNA, invented by plant pathologist Aurelie Rakotondrafara and collaborator Jincan Zhang.