For Fifth Consecutive Year, UCF, USF and UF Rival Other Research Hubs in High Tech Growth
HEATHROW, Fla. (June 6, 2017) – 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 among the top 50 universities worldwide that were granted U.S. patents in 2016, according to a list released by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO).
For the fifth consecutive year, the three Corridor universities collectively beat the patent portfolios of university groups in the established high tech hubs of North Carolina’s Research Triangle and the Silicon Hills region in Austin, Texas. The Corridor universities were granted a combined 261 patents, while 152 patents were granted to Research Triangle universities (Duke University, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina) and 234 patents were granted to Silicon Hills universities (the entire University of Texas system, Rice University and Texas A&M University).
Among the top 100 universities worldwide, USF ranked 11th, UF ranked 18th and UCF ranked 41st. The list recognizes the significant 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.
“For an unbelievable five years in a row, The Corridor has continued to climb the ranks in terms of patents to stand alongside notable high tech hubs across the country,” said Ed Schons, president of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council. “The outcome of this report is a testament to the work of our talented researchers, scientists and innovators, and it illustrates the promising and continued growth of our region.”
The NAI and IPO list is based on data obtained from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. For the full list, visit http://www.academyofinventors.com/pdf/top-100-universities-2016.pdf.
About the Florida High Tech Corridor Council
The Florida High Tech Corridor Council is an economic development initiative of the University of Central Florida (UCF), the University of South Florida (USF) and the University of Florida (UF). The mission of The Corridor is to grow high tech industry and innovation through partnerships that support research, marketing, workforce and entrepreneurship.
A partnership involving more than 25 local and regional economic development organizations (EDOs), 14 state/community colleges and 12 CareerSource boards, the Council is co-chaired by the presidents of UCF, USF and UF. The Council includes the presidents of two of the community colleges, the president of the Florida Institute of Technology and representatives of high tech industry.
The unique partnership has resulted in a strategic approach to high tech economic development that supports matching funds research, marketing, workforce development and entrepreneurship leveraging governmental, EDO and corporate budgets on a regional rather than local basis.
For more information, visit www.floridahightech.com.