Increase in Patents at Florida Universities
The Tampa Bay Business Journal reports that a survey conducted by the Technology Transfer Office at Florida State University shows an increase in patents that were issued to universities in Florida, up from 7 percent between 2003 and 2004. These universities include Florida Atlantic University, Florida A & M University, Florida International University, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of Miami, Florida Institute of Technology, etc.
Out of 615 invention disclosures, 505 patent applications were filed by universities in Florida, resulting in approximately 270 revenue generating licenses. These figures show a link between the impact of reasearch in the Florida University system and the economic benefits for the entire state derived from patents and licenses.
The complete Tampa Bay Business Journal article is not only of interest to patent lawyers, but should be very interesting to those planning on attending Florida Universities.