We bring the benefits of USD's discoveries to the public and spur economic development while promoting innovation and enhancing research. Our Technology Transfer Office (TTO) manages the university's intellectual property (IP) assets, including:

  • Works of authorship
  • Inventions and discoveries
  • Patents
  • Copyrights
  • Trade secrets
  • Results and products of research
  • Scholarly writings
  • Creative activities

Responsibilities

  • Receive and evaluate invention disclosures and work with the Faculty Senate IP Committee to determine patentability and commercial potential
  • Seek patent protection or other protective measures for IP
  • Develop strategies and plans for commercialization of inventions and copyrightable works
  • Work with inventors and creators to find potential licensees for IP
  • Draft, negotiate and execute legal agreements including:
  • Material transfer agreements
  • Non-disclosure agreements
  • Technology development agreements
  • Sponsored research agreements
  • Commercialization licenses
  • Track and distribute communications and royalties for inventors
  • Administrative reporting