Florida High Tech Corridor Universities Rival Other Research Hubs in Patents and High Tech Growth

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Publisher: Florida High Tech Corridor Council
Date: June 12, 2014

The three Florida High Tech Corridor research universities – the University of Central Florida (UCF), the University of South Florida (USF) and the University of Florida (UF) – individually ranked in the top 40 of worldwide universities granted U.S. patents in 2013 according to a list recently released by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.  Collectively, the three Corridor universities beat out the patent portfolios of university groups in the other established and well-recognized high tech hubs of North Carolina’s Research Triangle and Austin’s Silicon Hills region.

Together, the Corridor universities were granted 239 patents compared to 130 granted to the Triangle (Duke University, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) and the 226 patents granted to Texas universities (the entire University of Texas system, Rice University and Texas A&M University).  USF is ranked 12, UF is ranked 14 and UCF is ranked 38 out of the worldwide universities.  The list recognizes the important role patents play in university research and highlights the Corridor region’s growth as a high tech hub through continued innovation and technology transfer from universities to the marketplace.

“The universities of the Research Triangle and in Texas have a long-standing tradition of high tech research and innovation, and it is an honor to be included among the ranks of such research institutions,” said Randy Berridge, Florida High Tech Corridor Council president.  “I am proud of the leadership of Dr. M.J. Soileau, UCF Vice President for Research & Commercialization, Dr. Paul Sanberg, USF Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation, and Dr. David Norton, UF Vice President for Research, and the work of faculty and students at UCF, USF and UF that has led to such advancements in science and high technology to warrant a greater number of patents this year.” Read more here.