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School is bullish on patents

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Patents are piling up at the University of South Florida.

The school ranked 12th among universities worldwide for U.S. utility patents with 95 in 2013, according to a National Academy of Inventors and Intellectual Property Owners Association report. It's the fourth year in a row USF made the top 15 of the list, compiled from U.S. Patent and Trademark Office data. The patent tally is also up from 79 in 2012.

“Innovation based on university technology continues to be a key factor in economic development,” Paul Sanberg, USF senior vice president for research and innovation, says in a release. “The expansion of technology and innovation are fundamental to the success of a university.”

The patents the school is awarded aren't merely academic. That's because Sanberg, also president of the National Academy of Inventors, has made it his mission to create a process at USF where patents are marketable and practical — not just theoretical. Sanberg, who holds 100 health-related patents, says the USF research environment was all about grants and publish-or-perish in the 1990s and 2000s. (Business Observer, Aug. 17, 2012.)

But now USF ranks near research stalwarts like the University of Michigan, with 97 patents last year, and Georgia Tech, with 98. Another bonus to the list for USF is it's one spot where the Bulls can brag about beating the Gators: The University of Florida ranked 14th on the list, with 93 patents.


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