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 is anchored by University of Central Florida, University of Florida, and University of South Florida. North Carolina’s Research Triangle is anchored by Duke University, North Carolina State University, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Both the Corridor and the Triangle are comprised of much more than the universities named above. The Corridor is up and coming while the Triangle is well established. Objectively comparing these two areas of the country is next to impossible, but we can at least look to the anchoring universities to get an idea of which region is producing more patent applications and more patents.

In combination, the University of Central Florida, University of Florida, and University of South Florida have filed 1,170 patent applications since 2015 and have received 508 patents in the same period. In comparison, Duke University, North Carolina State University, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have filed 1,012 patent applications since 2015 and have received 357 patents in the same period. To put these numbers into a statistical comparison, the Corridor universities filed 16% more patent applications and received 42% more patents since 2015.

I’m sure some of you are interested in historical numbers as well. Our data was provided by LexisNexis PatentAdvisor. The data only extends as far back as 2002. Since then, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, and University of South Florida, in combination, have filed 3,390 patent applications and have received 2,087 patents in the same period. In comparison, Duke University, North Carolina State University, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in combination, have filed 2,370 patent applications and have received 1,195 patents. Since 2002, the Corridor universities filed 43% more patent applications and received 74.6% more patents.

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