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USF scores high among peers in patents, inventions

School is. USF is No. 8 among American public research universities in generating new patents.

North Carolina’s noted Research Triangle might have the prestige, but Florida, with its High Tech Corridor Council, delivers the goods — at least with innovation and patents.

The corridor, a branded term for the University of South Florida, the University of Florida and the University of Central Florida, secured 267 patents in 2019, according to a new report. That’s up 44.3% over the 185 patents awarded to the three Research Triangle universities in 2019, states the report, from the national Academy of Investors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association. The report uses U.S. Patent and Trademark Office data.

USF plays a big role in the patent prowess. With 108 new U.S. utility patents granted in 2019, USF is No. 8 among American public research universities and No. 16 among all universities worldwide in generating new patents. Published annually since 2013, the report ranks the top 100 universities named as first assignee on utility patents granted by the USPTO in the 2019 calendar year.

New technologies patented by USF faculty include:

• Ear recognition technology that’s an alternative to more common biometrics such as fingerprint, face and iris recognition technology;

• Devices and methods for measuring blood coagulation; and

• Ammonia removal in freshwater and saltwater systems.



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