Top 25 Performing Universities in Patents Awarded

In this list we present the U-Multirank 2018 top performers on the indicator ‘patents awarded (size-normalised)’.

The number of patents is an established measure of technology transfer as it indicates the degree to which discoveries and inventions made in academic institutions are transferred to economic actors for further industrial/commercial development. Correcting for the size of the institution (overall student enrollments) enables a size-independent comparison of higher education institutions.

The top 25 list is strongly dominated by US universities (15). In addition, nine universities from Asia, (two from each of Japan, Korea and Taiwan, two from Saudi Arabia, one from Israel) and one from France made it into the top list.

The 25 top performers in patents awarded (size-normalised) are:

  • The Rockefeller University (United States)
  • California Institute of Technology (United States)
  • Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
  • Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology (Korea, Republic Of)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
  • University of California, San Diego (United States)
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (United States)
  • Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) (Korea, Republic Of)
  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine (United States)
  • Tohoku University (Japan)
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore (United States)
  • King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia)
  • Stanford University (United States)
  • King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (Saudi Arabia)
  • National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan)
  • Toyohashi University of Technology (Japan)
  • Harvard University (United States)
  • National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan)
  • Case Western Reserve University (United States)
  • Baylor College of Medicine (United States)
  • Oregon Health & Science University (United States)
  • Rice University (United States)
  • École Polytechnique (France)
  • Cornell University (United States)
  • Johns Hopkins University (United States)


The list is sorted by indicator scores in descending order; possible ties are not marked.


Information about the indicator:


Patents awarded (size-normalised)


Knowledge Transfer


The number of patents assigned to (inventors working in) the university over the period 2005-2014 (per 1,000 students).

Data source


Time reference

period 2005 - 2014

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