UC San Diego’s Technology Transfer Office (TTO) was established in November 1994 to advance the successful placement of UCSD innovations with commercial partners for development into useful products and to advance the university’s mission. The TTO is responsible for protecting, managing and licensing the intellectual property of UC San Diego, including inventions in the biomedical, life science and physical sciences sectors, copyright-protected materials such as software and images, and tangible research materials. The TTO, which has authority to license UCSD innovations, does so with the goal of fulfilling its mission to promote and facilitate the transfer of UC San Diego innovations for the benefit of the University community and the public. The TTO manages the transfer of university technologies by assessing the market demand, protecting university inventions through patent prosecution, and licensing intellectual and/or tangible property rights to companies – both start-ups and more established businesses. In addition, the TTO distributes net income according to university policies and guidelines thereby providing incentives for the generation of new innovations and funds that can be used to support additional research and education at the university.
In conjunction with our campus partners, TTO organizes educational events, including intellectual property seminars, dialogues, roundtables, and presentations, and student internships. Our outreach campaign strives to increase awareness of the university’s intellectual property program, IP policies and issues on campus, and fosters an entrepreneurial culture in the greater university community.