The three research universities in The Florida High Tech Corridor ranked among the top 100 in the world in the number of granted utility patents in 2017, according to a report by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.
University of Central Florida (UCF), University of Florida (UF) and University of South Florida (USF) were granted a total of 266 patents. That means for the sixth consecutive year, the corridor’s three universities produced more patents than any other globally recognized center of innovation, including North Carolina’s Research Triangle with 189 among three universities and the University of Texas System with 219 among eight institutions.
USF in Tampa was ranked 12th internationally with 116 patents, UF in Gainesville ranked 13th with 111, and UCF in Orlando ranked 67th with 39.
By comparison, the University of California led the worldwide ranking with 524 patents, followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology with 306. Florida International University in Miami ranked 61st with 42 patents, and Florida State University in Tallahassee ranked 79th with 34.
“The university partners of The Florida High Tech Corridor continue to produce incredible work in patenting, reaffirming the corridor’s position as a nationally competitive high tech hub,” said Ed Schons, president of The Florida High Tech Corridor Council. “This report is a testament to the creative thinking and innovative spirit embodied by the corridor and our partners, and we look forward to a bright future full of continued growth in our region.”
The corridor’s mission is to grow high-tech industry and innovation through partnerships that support research, marketing, workforce and entrepreneurship. The presidents of UCF, USF and UF co-chair the corridor, which is a partnership involving more than 25 local and regional economic development organizations, 14 state colleges and 12 CareerSource boards.