USF Among Leaders in Patents

Intellectual Property Owners Association ranks USF in the elite list for the second year in a row.


By Judy Lowry

Special to USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (June 21, 2012) – The University of South Florida ranks 10th worldwide among all universities granted U.S. patents, according to the latest ranking from the Intellectual Property Owners Association.


It’s the second year in a row where USF has been in the top 10 worldwide for universities, joining other institutions including Stanford, MIT, Caltech and Texas.


The Property Owners Association ranked the top 300 organizations worldwide to receive patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2011. It included 11 universities in the list – nine from the U.S. and two from China.


USF ranked 281st among the 300 top patenting organizations. It was issued 86 patents, an increase of 3.6% from 2010.  The IPO report can be found here.  


Among the American universities on the list, USF retained its position as 8th in the U.S. and was again the only university in Florida ranked in the IPO report.


“Making the IPO list again is a direct reflection of the innovation focus of USF researchers, and reflects the university’s commitment to discovery, and moving ideas from the laboratory to the marketplace,” said Dr. Paul R. Sanberg, USF vice president for research and innovation and an inventor with 30 U.S. patents.


“The time and effort involved in achieving a patented invention is significant, and has not always been appreciated in the academic world.  But times have changed and USF is proud of our faculty, students and staff who have helped us become a leader in university patenting and licensing.” 


USF is the founding institution and home to the National Academy of Inventors, a national and international organization that honors and encourages academic inventors from universities and non-profit research institutes.  Members must hold at least one patent issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  In the two years since its founding, the NAI has grown to 36 member institutions and over 1500 individual inventor members. The NAI, which held its first annual conference at USF in 2012, works closely with the USPTO to encourage faculty inventors and mentor innovative researchers and students.


“Inventions coming out of universities lead to new businesses and new jobs,” said Sanberg.  “Academic innovators and their new creations are making an impact in the local community and around the world.”


Judy Lowry can be reached at 813-974-3181.