09 Jun WARF/UW–Madison among top 10 universities granted U.S. utility patents in 2019
The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, which manages intellectual property for the University of Wisconsin–Madison, has just been ranked ninth for U.S. utility patents granted in 2019, according to the annual Top 100 Worldwide Universities report.
The report, published by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association, uses data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to highlight the important role patents play in university research and innovation. Utility patents are those that cover inventions, including materials, processes, functions and devices.
Michael Falk, WARF’s chief intellectual property and licensing officer, says: “To secure nearly 200 U.S. utility patents in a given year speaks to the exceptional ingenuity of our researchers and the acumen of WARF staff. These are technologies to beat cancer, empower farmers, realize clean energy and leverage machine learning. Some of these patents are the seeds of startups; others are licensed to industry. All have the full backing of WARF to succeed in the marketplace of ideas.”