Technology Transfer Office, Patents & Licensing
The Technology Transfer Office (TTO), Patents & Licensing was established in 1990 to facilitate the commercialization of university intellectual property, including patents and copyrights.
The TTO works with researchers and students in every college to ready new inventions for the patenting process and potential licensing opportunities. TTO's work allows for a sustained focus on transferring cutting-edge research and innovation to the commercial marketplace, generating revenue and diversifying the economy.
Our office has a knowledgeable and professional staff with specialized backgrounds, who work in collaborative teams in the areas of marketing, patent prosecution and licensing to direct the movement of new ideas, discoveries and innovation into the commercial and public sectors. USF recently ranked 12th world-wide for granted U.S. patents among all universities according to the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association. USF is ranked within the Top 20 in the US with 75 licenses and option agreements, and ranked as Top 15 in the US with 9 startup companies among individually reporting universities. In FY 2013, 185 new disclosures were received and 1,026 marketing projects were completed. TTO endeavors to educate and promote innovation, the result of which is products, jobs and technologies utilized in the public interest.
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