USF among top universities earning patents
The University of South Florida is one the top earners of patents among universities worldwide.
The National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association released a list Tuesday of the top 100 universities around the world granted U.S. patents in 2012. The list is based on data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office of utlitly patents that list the university as the first name on the patent.
The University of South Florida tied with Johns Hopkins University for 15th place with 79 patents each. The University of Central Florida ranked 21st with 72 patents. The University of Florida's Research Foundation tied for 22nd with Northwestern University and the University of Washington, all with 70 patents. Florida State University tied for 55th place and 32 patents with three other schools.
In first place was the University of California's Board of Regents with 357 patents, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with 216.
“Innovation based on university technology has proven to be a key factor in worldwide industrial and economic development," Paul R. Sanberg, president of the NAI, said in a statement. "In the 21st century, the support, encouragement and development of technology and innovation are fundamental to the success of a university.”