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USF 9th among universities that got patents last year

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June

In tough times like these, this news has got to give the University of South Florida a major confidence boost.

The Intellectual Property Owners Association released a report ranking the top 300 organizations granted U.S. patents last year, and among 14 universities on that list, USF is No. 9 with 83 patents. Check out the table below from a Chronicle of Higher Education analysis.

“The IPO’s count makes an important statement about the University of South Florida’s growth as a global research university and as a key economic driver for the Tampa Bay region and Florida,” USF President Judy Genshaft said in a news release.

“For a public research university, each patent represents the potential of a considerable return on investment in the creation of new products, new jobs and new industries. Each patent also represents the potential to improve health care, lives and our economy. This new report reflects USF’s unwavering focus on ingenuity and entrepreneurism as the path to a better future.”

USF has patented a wide-range of new technologies, including the anti-depressant TC5214 now in clinical trials with Targacept and AstraZeneca, new stem cell therapies, a dance chair that allows people with disabilities to move more freely, and underwater laboratory equipment that can operate autonomously in the oceans’ depths. Recently, new U.S. patents have been awarded to USF and its researchers in fuel cell technology, air purification systems and even an amusement park ride.

USF is also home to the National Academy of Inventors ™, a growing national organization which recognizes and encourages inventors who have a patent issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The Academy raises the visibility of university technology and academic inventors, encouraging and mentoring innovative researchers and students.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 1:39pm]

    

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