Since at least 2002, the three cornerstone universities of Florida’s High Tech Corridor have collectively outperformed the three cornerstone universities in North Carolina’s historic Research Triangle in terms of the number of patent applications filed and the number of patents issued. Florida’s High Tech Corridor includes University of Central Florida, University of Florida, and University of South Florida. North Carolina’s Research Triangle includes Duke University, North Carolina State University, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Both the Corridor and the Triangle include much more than the universities named above. The Corridor is fairly young, while the Triangle is well established. Objectively comparing these two areas of the country is next to impossible. However, we can compare the anchoring universities to determine which region is producing more patent applications and more patents. The data shows that Florida’s High Tech Corridor has Outperformed the Research Triangle

Comparison of Production

In combination, UCF, UF, and USF filed 1,170 patent applications since 2015. Collectively, they received 508 patents in the same period. In comparison, Duke, NC State, and UNC at Chapel Hill have filed 1,012 patent applications since 2015. Collectively, they received 357 patents in the same period. Thus, the Corridor universities filed 16% more patent applications and received 42% more patents since 2015.

The Data

Our data was provided by LexisNexis PatentAdvisor. The data only extends as far back as 2002. Since then, UCF, UF, and USF, in combination, have filed 3,390 patent applications. As a result, these universities received 2,087 patents in the same period. In comparison, Duke, NC State, and UNC Chapel Hill, in combination, have filed 2,370 patent applications. In combination, these universities received 1,195 patents. Since 2002, the Corridor universities filed 43% more patent applications and received 74.6% more patents. Clearly, Florida has outperformed the research triangle.

The Triangle is undoubtedly the more well-known and established research region. However, the Corridor is making a strong case as to why Florida is the new preeminent research region.