University of Southern California


Innovation Resources, Programs and Support for Faculty

USC conducts research for the benefit of all segments of society.  These benefits result from new knowledge and discovery, the free sharing of research products (publications, data, software, standards, protocols, etc.) and the commercialization of software, diagnostics, therapeutics and other technology. Under USC policy, commercialization financially benefits the individual inventors and creators as well as university research, such as through the New Directions in Research program.

As announced earlier this year, the Stevens Center has also established an optional innovation program that matches faculty inventor investments of intellectual property income in research laboratories at USC.  Thus, commercialization can directly support a faculty member’s future research and innovation.  I encourage inventors to contact me directly if interested.

The technology transfer process relies on the disclosure of inventions to the university, which initiates: (1) filing of provisional patents, (2) marketing of inventions to prospective licensees, and (3) satisfaction of obligations to the U.S. Government and other research sponsors.  Disclosure is a simple process completed on-line through the Sophia system.  Prompt disclosure is essential to protecting inventions and is required for all federally funded (and non-federal) research.  It is much better to disclose early than to hesitate.

Please consult the resources below, or contact your Licensing Associate for more information on technology transfer at USC, and the many pathways through which research can benefit society, inventors/creators and USC research.

USC Tech Transfer Guidance

Obligations Under USC Policies and Federal Regulations

Webpages with Additional Information

Randolph Hall
Vice President of Research