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Five Florida Universities Ranked on the Top 100 Worldwide Universities List for Seven Consecutive Years

TALLAHASSEE, FL (February 15, 2024) – For the seventh year in a row, five universities within the State University System of Florida were ranked on the Top 100 Worldwide Universities List by the National Academy of Inventors, which was established at the University of South Florida to recognize inventors for their accomplishments in patents. The five SUS universities ranked in the top 100 increased or maintained their ranking from 2022. The Top 100 Worldwide Universities List ranks the top universities granted utility patents during 2023.

“The vision to recognize excellence in patent production and invention led by Dr. Paul R. Sanberg, former Senior Vice President for Research, Innovation and Economic Development at the University of South Florida and founder of the National Academy of Inventors, has directly impacted the ability of the State University System of Florida to remain a leader in patent production today,” said Brian Lamb, Chair of the Florida Board of Governors. “These rankings show our System’s commitment to invention, research and innovation, which leads to increased commercialization for our local communities, our state and the nation.”

“The Top 100 Worldwide list highlights the essential role universities across the globe play in creating patented technologies that beneficially impact society,” said Dr. Paul Sanberg, President of the National Academy of Inventors. “At the Academy, it is important for us to recognize and celebrate research and commercialization happening at the university level, as well as spread awareness on how intellectual property can benefit innovators and their institutions.”

“The continual gains in patents produced demonstrate the real-world impact of the research conducted by State University System of Florida faculty and graduate students,” said Emily Sikes, Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. “The new rankings affirm one of the many reasons why Florida is the best state in the nation for higher education.”

The rankings for the five State University System of Florida institutions are:

  • University of Florida – ranked 13th, up from 17th in 2022
  • University of South Florida – ranked 34th, up from 36th in 2022
  • University of Central Florida – ranked 52nd, up from 53rd in 2022
  • Florida International University – ranked 57th, same ranking in 2022
  • Florida State University – ranked 90th, up from 99th in 2022

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About the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted Utility Patents in 2023

The information provided in this list is based on data obtained from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. For this report, a university is defined as an institution that has undergraduate degrees. Patents include only utility patents granted during the 2023 calendar year. All assignees are credited for patents when listed. The number of patents granted does not necessarily indicate the value of a university’s technology, the effectiveness of its research, or whether its patents will be successfully licensed and/or brought to market. This is a dynamic list of worldwide institution patents. Some universities may record patents under different, yet similar names or combine their patents under one foundation or trustee name. If you have questions, please contact: [email protected].

About the National Academy of Inventors

The National Academy of Inventors is a member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with over 4,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 250 institutions worldwide. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. The NAI has a close partnership with the USPTO that is reflected in their joint mission to expand access to underrepresented individuals and institutions participating in the invention and innovation ecosystem. NAI is one of three honorific organizations, along with the National Medals Foundation and National Inventors Hall of Fame, working closely with the USPTO on many discovery and innovation support initiatives. The NAI publishes the multidisciplinary journal, Technology and

About the State University System of Florida and the Board of Governors

The State University System of Florida is a constitutional body led by the 17-member Board of Governors. The System has 12 universities and more than 430,000 students, making it the second-largest public university system in the nation. Florida has held the top spot in U.S. News & World Report for higher education since the inception of the rankings in 2017. Responsibilities include defining the distinctive mission of each institution and managing the System’s coordination and operation. The Board appoints a Chancellor who serves as the System’s chief executive. For more information, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.