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UCF ranks No. 30 out of 100 universities worldwide that were granted U.S. utility patents in 2014.

As one of the three Florida High Tech Corridor research universities, UCF joins the University of South Florida and the University of Florida, totaling 257 granted patents, according to a list by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

The list recognizes the important role patents play in university research and highlights the Corridor region's growth as a high-tech hub through continued innovation and technology transfer from universities to marketplace.

UCF totaled 66 granted patents, while No. 13 USF totaled 104 patents and No. 20 UF had 87 granted patents.

Collectively, the three universities beat out other established and well-recognized high-tech hubs such as North Carolina's Research Triangle and Austin's Silicon Hills region.

The Research Triangle universities — Duke University, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina —totaled 109 patents, while 230 were granted to the Texas universities, including the entire University of Texas system, Rice University and Texas A&M University.

"The countless scientists, researchers, innovators and inventors at UCF, USF, UF, and throughout our region, enrich our innovation ecosystem and work tirelessly to make tomorrow better than it is today," said Randy Berridge, president of Florida High Tech Corridor Council, in a press release.

The Corridor is an economic development initiative that has resulted in a strategic approach to high-tech economic development that supports factors, including matching funds research, marketing and workforce development on a regional rather than local basis.

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Amelia Truong is a Digital Producer at the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @Ameliatruong or email her at AmeliaT@CentralFloridaFuture.com

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