SCUT stands 2nd in nationwide university rankings for patent awards
According to the 2017 Chinese University Rankings for Patent Awards that was recently announced by the China Academy of Management Science, SCUT earned the second highest rating in receiving patent awards among all institutions of higher learning in China.
The rankings calculated major patent awards issued by the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the Ministry of Education (MOE) from 2007 to 2016, and SCUT, honored one China Patent Gold Award, 22 China Patent Merit Awards, and one MOE Patent Award, received an overall rating of 90.39, following Tsinghua University as the second best on the nationwide list.
During the last ten years, the number of invention patents granted to SCUT has explosively grown from 132 in 2007 to 1,107 in 2016. In 2010, the university for the first time hit the record of filing 1,000 patent applications. Last year it filed 3,323 applications, and 2,020 applications were granted.
The strong growth has continued this year. From January to April, 1,199 applications were filed as 942 patents, including 463 invent patents, were issued.
Up till now, SCUT has filed 262 patent applications under the International Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). The high performance made the university rank 32nd among all educational institutions around the world and 3rd among Chinese universities.
Meanwhile, SCUT is playing a leading role in Guangdong province’s effort of promoting scientific inventions. According to statistics announced by the Guangdong Intellectual Property Office, in 2016 the number of SCUT’s granted invention patents accounted for 37.1% of the total amount contributed by universities in the province.