About Us

Our Story

By encouraging discovery, the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame supports a culture of creativity that fuels innovation, drives economic growth, and encourages investment in Florida. The Florida Inventors Hall of Fame is a state-wide initiative dedicated to honoring and celebrating Florida inventors whose achievements have significantly advanced the quality of life for all Americans.

Florida consistently ranks among the top 10 states for most patents granted. The Florida Inventors Hall of Fame recognizes these inventors, inspires the next generation of innovators, and works to bring attention to Florida, “as a state where research, innovation and discovery thrive, and where great inventors have lived and worked” (SR 1756). 

Thomas Edison

Mission

To encourage individuals of all backgrounds to strive toward the betterment of Florida and society through continuous, groundbreaking innovation by celebrating the incredible scientific work that has been or is being accomplished in Florida and by its citizens. 

Vision

By commending the incredible innovation being accomplished in Florida, the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame will attract interest, funding, and further the growth of the state’s innovation sector. The Florida Inventors Hall of Fame encourage individuals of all ages and backgrounds to strive toward the betterment of Florida and society through continuous, groundbreaking innovation.

Our History

The Florida Inventors Hall of Fame was founded in 2013 by Paul R. Sanberg, President of the National Academy of Inventors and Distinguished University Professor and Executive Director of the Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repairs at the University of South Florida, who identified the need for an organization within the state’s innovative ecosystem that would raise awareness of Florida inventors to national prominence while recognizing their tremendous impact on society.

Along with co-founder Dr. Judy Genshaft, President Emerita and Professor of the University of South Florida, Dr. Sanberg brought together some of the best minds from the nation’s innovation communities to create the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame inaugural Advisory Board.

Dr. Sanberg, who also serves as the President of the National Academy of Inventors, further solidified the standing of Florida Inventors Hall of Fame by creating partnerships with national and government organizations such as the National Academy of Inventors as well as the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Recognized by the Florida Senate with Senate Resolution 1756 and adopted on April 30, 2014, the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame has become an integral part of the state’s innovative ecosystem, attracting interest and funding as well as furthering the growth of the state’s innovation sector.

Florida Intellectual Property by the Numbers

  • Top 10 for most Patents filed in 2019*
  • Top 10 for most Patents granted in 2020*
  • Top 3 for most Trademarks filed in 2020*
  • Top 3 for most Trademarks registered in 2020*

*According to the FY 2020 U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Performance and Accountability Report

Location

The Florida Inventors Hall of Fame is located at the USF Research Park on the University of South Florida, Tampa campus.

Florida Inventors Hall of Fame
3720 Spectrum Boulevard
Tampa, Florida 33612
813-974-5862