TAMPA, Fla. (June 6, 2017) – With 114 new utility patents issued in 2016, the University of South Florida ranks fifth among American public universities and 11th among universities worldwide in generating new U.S. patents, according to a new report published by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO). Fifth place among public universities is USF’s highest position ever in the annual rankings.
USF’s new record-setting annual patent total also ranked first among Florida universities in what is widely recognized as a measure of institutional productivity and prominence. 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.
"This impressive ranking represents the tremendous dedication of USF faculty, staff and students working to build a powerful center of innovation and invention,” said USF System President Judy Genshaft. “Each new patent represents our commitment to research, discovery and creativity that solves global problems, expands our economy and opens new doors of opportunity for others."
The ranking is the latest marker of success for USF’s efforts to translate academic research into new technologies, medicines and products. USF’s technology transfer effort provides 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.
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.
Other Florida universities listed in the top 100 ranking are the University of Florida with 91 patents, the University of Central Florida with 56 patents and Florida State University with 48 patents.
In a separate ranking released by the IPO Monday of patents issued to the Top 300 organizations worldwide, USF joined the list at 294. To put that ranking into context, that’s just one patent behind the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Sandia National Laboratories, and three patents ahead of global pharmaceutical corporation Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.
The patented technologies in USF’s record-setting year include a wide range of inventions. For example:
In 2016 a U.S. patent was issued to a Ketone Ester Supplement for the Treatment of
Angelman Syndrome, a project led by USF Health Morsani College of Medicine faculty members Edwin
Weeber and Dominic D’Agostino and doctoral student Stephanie Ciarlone. The ketone
supplementation has been found in research to alleviate seizures, cognitive
disruption, motor coordination deficits and other symptoms in Angelman syndrome, a devastating neurological disorder. This technology is licensed to
Disruptive Nutrition, LLC, which is currently developing a medical food for patients diagnosed with this syndrome, with a targeted release date of 2018.
· At USF’s Global Center for Hearing and Speech Research, a team led by Robert D. Frisina was granted a patent for a hormone treatment for age-related hearing loss. Permanent hearing loss affects about 40 million people in the United States alone, and no FDA approved drugs exist on the market. The new treatment, successfully studied in aging mice, was designed to prevent or slow the progression of age-related hearing loss. The project has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and National Institute on Aging.
· A patent was issued in 2016 for Systems and Methods for Authentication Using Multiple Devices, developed by USF College of Engineering faculty Jay Ligatti and Dmitry Goldgof, along with students Jean-Baptiste Subils and Cagri Cetin. “Co-authentication” was created to improve information security while logging in to websites with sensitive information or otherwise securely authenticating the identity of users online. Co-authentication is an extra security measure during authentication where a user can conveniently authenticate themselves by having at least 2 devices associated with them on their person. Essentially, the devices do the authenticating. This technology is nonexclusively licensed to Stone Vault LLC.
The rankings are compiled by calculating the number of utility patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which lists a university as the first assignee on the issued patent. The full report of the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted Patents in 2016 can be found at http://www.academyofinventors.com/pdf/top-100-universities-2016.pdf.-Story by Vickie Chachere, USF Office of Research and Innovation, and video by Ryan Noone, University Communications and Marketing
- Photos by Ryan Noone and Sandra C. Roa