TAMPA — The University of South Florida set a new record in 2016, ranking fifth among American public universities and 11th among universities worldwide in generating new U.S. patents, according to a report published by the National Academy of Inventors and Intellectual Property Owners Association.
USF's 114 patents topped other high-ranked Florida schools including the University of Florida with 91 patents, the University of Central Florida with 56 and Florida State University with 48. Nationally, USF joins the University of California System, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the University of Texas System and the University of Michigan as the top American public institutions in the ranking.
USF has ranked in the report's top 10 of American public universities for the past seven years and consistently ranks in the top 20 of global universities. The ranking also reflects USF's commitment to commercializing new discoveries by its faculty into new technologies, medicines and products. USF's technology transfer effort supplies faculty members with institutional support to patent and license their technologies, credit in the tenure process for inventions, and guidance and early-stage funding in creating their own startup companies.