Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind including: works of authorship, inventions and discoveries, patents, copyrights, trade secrets, results and products of research, scholarly writings, and creative activities. Technology transfer is the process of converting scientific findings into products or services useful for society and involves identifying, protecting, and sharing IP.
The Technology Transfer Office (TTO) is USD's intellectual property administration hub with the responsibility of managing IP assets developed at the University. Our mission is to assist faculty and students in moving innovative ideas from USD into the marketplace for the benefit of society. We also work with faculty who wish to collaborate with colleagues outside of USD and share materials such as mice, plasmids, or reagents for their research.
We strive to promote innovation, enhance research, bring the benefits of USD’s discoveries to society, and facilitate economic development.