UNM Rainforest Innovations

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico. June 20, 2019—The University of New Mexico (UNM) is again among the Top 100 Worldwide Universities granted U.S. utility patents during the 2018 calendar year, according to a report published by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO). The report uses data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to highlight the important role patents play in translating university research and innovation.

The report ranks the University of New Mexico 51st among the top 100 for the number of issued U.S. utility patents received in 2018 for its inventions.

The NAI and IPO have published the report annually since 2013. The rankings are compiled by calculating the number of utility patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that list a university as the first assignee on the issued patent.

“The University of New Mexico has maintained its standing among the top half of this list of prestigious universities for the past 7 years in spite of economic ups and downs and assaults on the intellectual property rights of university inventors,” said Lisa Kuuttila, CEO & Chief Economic Development Office of STC.UNM, the University’s technology-transfer and economic-development organization.

“Our patented technologies are essential to the companies who want to license them and to our start-up companies who need investors to help them bring these new technologies to the marketplace.  This relationship between patents and commercialization activity has an undeniable positive impact on local and global economies.  The UNM inventor community, which includes faculty, staff, and students, continue to bring global recognition to the University and the state. They are the driving force moving New Mexico toward a thriving innovation economy and we thank them for this recognition.”

The full report of the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2018 can be found at https://academyofinventors.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Top-100-2018.pdf.  The NAI-IPO press release can be found at https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/top-100-worldwide-universities-granted-us-utility-patents-in-2018-announced-300861433.html?tc=eml_cleartime.


As the technology-transfer and economic-development organization for the University of New Mexico (UNM), STC.UNM (STC) protects and commercializes technologies developed at UNM by filing patents and copyrights and transferring them to the marketplace.  We connect the business community (companies, entrepreneurs and investors) to these UNM technologies for licensing opportunities and the creation of start-up companies. STC’s vision is to play a vital role in New Mexico’s economic development and to be a leader in technology commercialization.  Under the leadership of CEO Lisa Kuuttila, STC is substantially growing its program using the Rainforest model to develop an innovation economy in New Mexico.  To learn more about us, visit our website at http://www.stc.unm.edu.

About the NAI

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) is a member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with over 4,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 250 institutions. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. www.academyofinventors.org

About the IPO

The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), established in 1972, is a trade association for owners of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.  IPO is the only association in the U.S. that serves all intellectual property owners in all industries and all fields of technology. IPO advocates for effective and affordable IP ownership rights and provides a wide array of services to members, including:  supporting member interests relating to legislative and international issues; analyzing current IP issues; information and educational services; and disseminating information to the general public on the importance of intellectual property rights.

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