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UTSA helps UT System reach No. 4 for U.S. patents granted worldwide

UTSA helps UT System reach No. 4 for U.S. patents granted worldwide

JUNE 17, 2021 — The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) have announced this week the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents for 2020 with UT System taking the fourth spot.

Collectively, researchers from the 14 UT institutions were issued 207 patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Of those, UTSA contributed 11 patents, primarily in biosciences, materials, and automation, which is 5.3% of total patents issued.

This positions the institution’s output higher above the system average when normalized to research activity.


“Their efforts and achievements illustrate how UTSA is well on its way to being nationally-recognized as a high research-intensive university.”



“Given what a challenging year this has been, it is a testament to our researchers, faculty, and students, who continue to innovate while balancing their teaching and research portfolios,” said Bernard Arulanandam, vice president for research, economic development, and knowledge enterprise at UTSA. “Their efforts and achievements illustrate how UTSA is well on its way to being nationally-recognized as a high research-intensive university.”

UT System has been ranked in the Top 5 for the past three years.

“There is a vibrant innovation ecosystem across the state in which UTSA plays a vital role,” added Christine Burke, director for commercialization and innovation at UTSA. “Our Office of Commercialization and Innovation has numerous invention management resources to help our research community, from technology disclosure through commercialization of new products, prototype development funding, startup assistance, technology licensing, and new venture mentoring.”

The NAI and IPO have published the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents report annually since 2013. The information provided in the full report is based on data obtained from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and the rankings are based on upon the number of utility patents granted in the 2020 calendar year.

UTSA’s 11 issued patents are:

David Akopian, Rodrigo David Escobar Palacios, Sahak Igor Kaghyan
10,819,663 | Interactive mobile service for deploying automated protocols

Banglin Chen, Feng Lou
10,569,252 | A metal organic framework with two accessible binding sites per metal center for gas separation and gas storage

Christopher R. Frei, Jose L. Lopez-Ribot, Anand Kumar Ramasubramanian, Anand Srinivasan
10,577,638 | Systems, devices, and methods for microbial detection and identification, and antimicrobial susceptibility testing

Ruyan Guo, Amar S. Bhalla, ­­Soutik Betal, Moumita Dutta
10,594,261 | Piezoelectric resonance-controlled terahertz wave modulators

Ruyan Guo, Amar S. Bhalla, Soutik Betal, Moumita Dutta
10,866,485 | Magnetoelectric-based systems and methods for modulating terahertz beams

John Quarles, Kevin M. King, Hector Caraballo, Roland Paquette, Mirza Sohail Ali Baig, Sharif Mohammad Shahnewaz Ferdous
10,692,401 | Devices and methods for interactive augmented reality

Victor Efrain Aguero Villarreal, Daniela Sofia Arriaga Flores, Jair Israel Castillo, Ehab Abdelaziz, Teja Guda
10,674,917 | Device for the mechanical detection of underlying tissues

Ekaterina Vinogradova, Miguel Jose-Yacaman, Kenneth Rice
10,683,582 | Composite ceramic coatings for anti-corrosion protection

Ekaterina Vinogradova, Miguel Jose-Yacaman, Hugo Ricardo Navarro-Contreras
10,845,312 | Label-free detection of sialic acid using surface-enhanced raman scattering microscopy

Shouhuai Xu, Edward Paul Ratazzi, Moustafa Elsayed Saleh
10,594,705 | Systems and methods for instructions-based detection of sophisticated obfuscation and packing

Jing Yong Ye, Corinne Nawn
10,842,384 | Thermochromic optical waveguide temperature sensors

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