Climb in global patent rankings highlights ASU's innovative spirit

Image of Skysong building roof against clear blue sky.ASU has jumped up 8 spots in the rankings for U.S. patents granted to universities across the globe. After earning 62 patents in 2016 alone, ASU demonstrated its niche for innovation and climbed to 30th place in rankings by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association. ASU faculty researchers are developing pioneering technology, like engineer Tom Sugar's wearable robotics created to help humans with work and every day tasks. "ASU’s jump in the patent rankings shows that the innovation occurring across the university is the direct outcome of our commitment to impact,” said Sethuraman Panchanathan, executive vice president and chief research and innovation officer of ASU's Knowledge Enterprise Development. “We will continue to advance use-inspired research that positively shapes and contributes to the communities around us. It is a mission that drives and inspires us.”