UF researchers created a pesticide that saved the Statue of Liberty from termites and a drug that treats people losing their vision.
The university has 87 patents for original and tested ideas like these, ranking it 20th among international universities and 15th in the U.S., according to the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.
In Florida, three colleges ranked in the top 30 internationally for their number of patents. The University of South Florida ranked 13th with 104 patents, and the University of Central Florida ranked 30th with 66 patents.
UF has been effective in translating ideas into patented intellectual property, said UF Vice President for Research, David Norton.
“Our office has worked to turn those ideas into impactful technology for society,” he said.
But getting patents isn’t easy.
They take years to obtain and can cost thousands of dollars, said Philip Koehler, an entomology professor and researcher.
“It’s several years from the inception of the idea — showing it can work — to getting approval for it,” he said.
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