Report: Patenting Trends at Ivy League Universities, 1980-2010

IP Checkups recently released a report on patenting trends at Ivy League universities, from 1980-2010. This report highlights technology trends, patent filing and issuance rates in the U.S. and Europe, and top inventors from Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale.


  • After briefly losing ground to Columbia and Harvard, in 2007 and 2008, respectively, Cornell re-emerged as the top-filing Ivy League school in 2009.
  • The three top-filing Ivy League universities are Cornell, Harvard, and Columbia.
  • Patent issuance rates at Columbia, Cornell, and Princeton consistently exceed the USPTO average.
  • Dartmouth is the only Ivy League university to consistently achieve an issuance rate greater than 50%, in the European Patent Office.
  • Most Ivy League patents fall into one of four core technology areas: biotech, “other” (i.e., non-biotech) medical, electronics, and/or analytic methods.
  • Five (current or former) Ivy League inventors are listed on more than 100 patent documents, respectively: Stephen R. Forrest (Princeton), Héctor D. Abruña (Cornell), Charles M. Lieber (Harvard), Mark E. Thompson (Princeton), and James S. Im (Columbia).

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