ASU ranks among universities with most patents pending, startups

Arizona State University receives high ranks in a survey of universities without a medical school. The Tempe-based university was ranked fourth in most patents pending and number of startups launched, and third in number of inventions disclosed. These strong ratings are thanks specifically to ASU’s SkySong Innovations, the intellectual property management and technology transfer organization for the university. 

The results come from the most recent survey (fiscal year 2019) conducted by the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). It’s an annual survey of the performance of technology transfer offices around the country. 

During fiscal year 2019, ASU was awarded 129 patents and generated 8 startup companies, which ranked it fourth out of 58 universities and colleges in both categories. MIT, North Caroline and California Institute of Technology led the rankings. 

ASU ranked third in the invention disclosures category behind MIT, Calltech and Purdue and ahead of Carnegie Mellon, Princeton and the University of Georgia. In total, ASU had 301 invention disclosures that year. 

“These survey findings are representative of one of the most critical areas of ASU’s charter — that of advancing research and discovery of public value,” Sally C. Morton, executive vice president of ASU’s Knowledge Enterprise, according to AZ Big Media.