What We Do and Why We Do It

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.

Some of Our Responsibilities Include

  • Receiving and evaluating invention disclosures and working with the Senate Faculty IP Committee to determine patentability and commercial potential
  • Seeking patent protection or other protective measures for IP
  • Developing strategies and plans for commercialization of inventions and copyrightable work
  • Working with inventors and creators to find potential licensees for IP
  • Drafting, negotiating, and executing legal agreements such as material transfer agreements, non-disclosure agreements, technology development agreements, sponsored research agreements and commercialization licenses;
  • Tracking and distributing communications and royalties for inventors
  • Administrative reporting