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July 20, 2018

USF Ranks Ninth Nationally Among Public Universities for U.S. Patents Awarded

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TAMPA, Fla. – The University of South Florida ranks ninth in the nation among public universities for U.S. patents granted in 2015, according to a new report released Tuesday by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO). USF ranks as a top 10 public university for the the sixth year in a row.

USF, with 90 patents for 2015, has now ranked among the top 10 public universities in the U.S. for the past six years in generating new inventions. USF patents granted in 2015 represented a diverse range of technologies including pharmaceutical drug delivery, solar energy, medical devices, nanotechnology and specialized electronics.

The NAI/IPO report utilizes data acquired from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to highlight the important role patents play in university research and innovation.

The number of patents awarded is an important measure of institutional prominence and productivity, as evidenced by the inclusion of this metric in the Florida Legislature’s Preeminent State Research University Program, among other key excellence indicators. USF was recently designated as an “emerging preeminent” institution after meeting a critical threshold of those benchmarks, including patents awarded, and expects to reach full preeminence status in the next two years.

USF is one of three Florida universities included in this year’s rankings, along with the University of Florida and the University of Central Florida. This group, which represents the Florida High Tech Corridor region, collectively had 245 issued U.S. patents in 2015, surpassing the 131 patents issued to the “Research Triangle” universities, which consist of the University of North Carolina, Duke University and North Carolina State University, and the 241 patents awarded to the “Silicon Hills” universities which include the University of Texas System, Texas A&M University and Rice University.

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