LSU Among Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2016

BATON ROUGE – LSU is among the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2016, according to the National Academy of Inventors, or NAI, and Intellectual Property Owners Association, or IPO.

The report, published annually since 2013 by NAI and IPO, utilizes data acquired from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to highlight the important role patents play in university research and innovation. The rankings are compiled by calculating the number of utility patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which list a university as the first assignee on the issued patent.

Andrew Maas, director of the LSU Office of Innovation & Technology Commercialization, has been with LSU since 2014. He said the office works to grant patents and build business connections between faculty and industry so researchers can gain the skills necessary to promote their own ideas.

Maas believes LSU’s presence on the Top 100 list highlights how the last several years of hard work shows that LSU is eager to promote research and discovery on a broader stage.

“We work with the faculty; together we can accomplish great things,” Maas said. “We’ve really made a push to provide the right services to the faculty at the right time.”

Across LSU, more than 105 patents were applied for in 2016 and 26 were granted from the LSU College of Engineering, the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, the LSU College of Science, the LSU Health Sciences Centers in Shreveport and New Orleans, the LSU AgCenter and Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

The full report of the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2016 can be found at

About the National Academy of Inventors
The National Academy of Inventors is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with more than 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. For more information, visit

About the IPO
The Intellectual Property Owners Association, 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. For more information, visit




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