King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals jumped to the 13th position in the
world universities ranking according to the number of patents filed in US Patent
Office according to IFI CLAIMS Patent Services.
KFUPM TTIE Center at Dhahran Techno Valley
According to this specialized website in providing global industries with annual
reports on patents, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals filed 115
patents in 2015 with an increase of 29 patents from 2014 where the university
filed 86 patents. Thus the university jumped from 22nd position in 2014 to the
13th in 2015.
King Fahd University surpassed Middle East and Africa universities, and won the
third position in Asia after China's Tsinghua University and the Korea Advanced
Institute of Science and Technology.
H.E. Dr. Khaled S. Al-Sultan, KFUPM Rector, said that the university exceeded
its strategic goals in the field of patents, pointing out that the university,
which owned only five patents in 2005 became very close to the list of the top
ten universities in the world in the field of patents filling.
Building an integrated innovative system is the cornerstone of the university
success in the best investment of inventions' patents. KFUPM had paved its
success by focusing on excellence in basic research. Then, the founding of
Dhahran Technology Valley became the largest gathering for oil and gas research
centers. DTV system includes an Innovation Center, Entrepreneurship Institute
and Technology Advancement & Prototyping Center
H.E. Rector, Dr. Al-Sultan
Dr. Al Sultan said that KFUPM is not focusing on patents filing as much as the
selection of innovative activities and making sure of its feasibility. KFUPM
focuses on specific areas and develops its own method of inventions marketing.
He pointed that the university has reached the utmost in preparing its
techniques by licensing a number of innovations and brought it to the global
markets through making alliances with international companies and a number of
local and international start-up companies which had been founded based on the
He said that the university's success in patent filing and commercialization was
a critical result of its strategy in the production, licensing and marketing of
intellectual property, in order to contribute in supporting the national economy
through creating business entities based on the innovations ideas of KFUPM
The university was listed of the top producers of patents since 2011, when it
came in 55th place, and continued to rise until it got the 13th in 2015.