LSU ranked No. 94 among the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2016, according to the National Academy of Inventors and Intellectual Property Owners Association.

It was the first time LSU made the Top 100 list, which has been published each year since 2013. The report is based on data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and highlights the role patents play in university research and innovation. The Patent Office issues utility patents for the invention of a new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or a new and useful improvement.

LSU researchers were granted 26 utility patents in 2016. The University of California system ranked first with 505 patents. 

Andrew Maas, director of the LSU Office of Innovation & Technology Commercialization, said LSU's presence in the Top 100 is the result of several years of hard work and show 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."

The Office of Innovation & Technology Commercialization grants patents on LSU's main campus. In addition to its patent work, the office helps build business connections between faculty and industry so researchers can gain the skills necessary to promote their own ideas.

Twelve of the LSU patents came from Maas' office. Other patents on the list came from the LSU Health Sciences Centers in Shreveport and New Orleans, the LSU AgCenter and Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

Many patent ideas brought to the office from the LSU campus stem from research at the College of Engineering, the School of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Science. In 2016, all LSU campuses filed for more than 105 US patents.

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