ORLANDO, March 22, 2010 -- The University of Central Florida ranks third in the nation for the strength and impact of its patents.
UCF moved up from seventh place last year in the rankings by IEEE, the world's leading association for the advancement of technology. No other Florida university made either list.
The rankings illustrate the strength of patents issued at UCF and the potential they hold for positively impacting the local and state economies, said M.J. Soileau, vice president for Research and Commercialization at UCF.
"With the help of our partners, UCF is strategically focusing on the technical areas needed to support and attract viable technological industry to our state," he said. "By hiring some of the best faculty in the world, we have built some of the nation's strongest concentrations of intellectual capital in lasers and optics, simulation and training, computer sciences, solar energy, nanoscience, materials and now biomedical sciences right here in Central Florida."
The study looked at patents issued between January and December 2009 and calculated a "pipeline power" number based on a variety of factors, including the number and types of citations a body of patents receives.
UCF holds 56 patents issued during that period for technologies ranging from liquid crystal lenses for use in faster and clearer flat-screen displays to a body fluid identification kit that can be used in crime scene analysis.
The total "power" ranking of UCF’s patents rose more than 200 points in the 2010 list, from 242 in the 2009 list to 458, placing it ahead of such prestigious research institutions as the University of Washington, the California Institute of Technology and Harvard University.
The University of Texas leads the list, and the University of California is second.
The rankings, published in the March 2010 edition of IEEE Spectrum, can be viewed by going to http://spectrum.ieee.org/static/patentpower2010 and clicking on the Universities tab.
The power of UCF's patents also was ranked in the top ten on another independent list published by the Patent Board in 2008.
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