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UCSD's OIC Commercialization Group places UCSD innovations with commercial partners for development into useful products to benefit the university community and the public.

The OIC Commercialization Group protects, manages, and licenses UCSD's intellectual property, including inventions in the biomedical, life science and physical sciences sectors, copyright-protected materials such as software and images, and tangible research materials.

For more information, visit us at http://innovation.ucsd.edu.

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Transfering University Technology at UC San Diego

Responsibilities of OIC

  • Manage intellectual property developed by UC San Diego researchers as a result of UC employment or use of UC resources.
  • Develop appropriate protection and transfer strategies to maximize the value and usage of UC San Diego intellectual property.
  • Signatory authority for licenses and other intellectual property agreements.
  • Assist and educate UC San Diego employees on matters related to intellectual property.

Operating Philosophy of OIC

  • Serve and protect the interests of the university and UC San Diego researchers.
  • Active and equal-opportunity marketing of available UC San Diego innovations.
  • Fair risk- and benefit-sharing with licensees.
  • Long term and cross-cultural partnership with industries

What to Do With Your New Innovations?

UCSD faculty and researchers should submit a disclosure to the UC San Diego OIC when a new innovation has been created. For your convenience, standardized disclosure forms are available directly from OIC or can be down loaded from the OIC website.

If the innovation is related to a new invention, discovery, or tangible research material, the invention disclosure form (PDF) will be the appropriate form to complete. New inventions or discoveries include such subject matters as new methods, new compositions of matter, new uses of existing materials, new devices, or combinations of the above. Tangible research materials are unique and valuable proprietary materials derived from UC San Diego research and exploration that third parties will have to invest much time, effort, and money at risk to duplicate them independently.

If the innovation is related to a work of creative authorship, the copyright disclosure form (PDF) will be the appropriate form to complete. A work of authorship includes writings, program codes, images, or architectural designs and layouts etc. The work must be creative and fixed in a medium; but it may be an original work or a derivative of an existing work. Utility is not required.

What Happens When Inventions and Copyrights Are Reported to OIC?

Once OIC receives an invention or copyright disclosure, an evaluation process begins that will include investigating and/or determining:

  • Proper inventorship or authorship.
  • If the Regents of The University of California or any third party should be the proper owner of the intellectual property.
  • If any sponsor of the work leading to the innovation should be notified.
  • If any sponsor has pre-assigned rights to the innovation.
  • The need or strategy to protect the innovation.
  • The potential users and market of the innovation.

Upon completion of this evaluation, OIC initiates an active marketing campaign to transfer the innovation to the private sector by licensing to a commercial entity. Researcher assistance is important in making this whole process successful and rewarding. OIC looks forward to an opportunity to work with you in this endeavor.

If you need assistance in making a disclosure, have any questions or suggestions, or would like to have a presentation to your unit on intellectual property issues and policies, please do not hesitate to contact us.

How Long Does It Take to Get a Patent?

Depending on technology type, the patent process can take from 3-6 years from the time a patent application is filed and when a patent is issued. As of 2010, pendency in the US Patent Office, the time it takes before the patentoffice issues a first office action on the merits of an application, is approximately 36 to 40 months depending on technology category. From the first office action, a patent willtypically be finally rejected or allowed within 18 months.

How Much Does It Cost? Who Pays for What?

The cost of filing a patent application varies considerably and depends on technology sector and the size of the application, number of required supporting drawings, and the number and type of claims. A US Provisional Patent application can typically be secured through contract patent counsel for less than $1,500 and provides one year of "patent pending" status. A full US Utility Patent application must be filed before the Provisional Patent application expires and can range from $8,000 to $25,000 depending on complexity. An alternate pathway to the US Utility filing is a PCT application which also must be filed prior to the expiration of the Provisional Patent application but serves to reserve the future patent rights within the 88 member countries of the Patent Cooperation Treaty. PCT applications tend to run 25% more than a US Utility Patent application and can vary widely. If a PCT filing is used, at the 30 month anniversary of the first filing (likely a US Provisional Patent application), individual patent applications must be filed within each country where rights are to be sought. Because certain countries require patents to be filed and argued in their national language, translations are often required and can again add considerably to the cost. An example case where a PCT was followed with patent applications in the USA, China, Japan, Australia, Canada and Europe cost approximately $50,000 in filing and translation costs, with potentially another $100,000 or more in back and forth arguments with each of the national patent offices prior to patent allowance.

Due to the excessive fees involved, the OIC can only carry the costs for US Provisional Patent applications, USUtility Patent applications or PCT applications out-of-pocket and barring a licensee willing to offset the further cost of foreign filings, foreign patent rights will not be pursued out-of-pocket.

How Much Money Do Researchers Get & When Do They Get It?

Invention income that is available for distribution to the inventors is that money left over once the OIC has recovered all of the UC's out-of-pocket case-related expenses. This does not include any UC, UCSD or OIC overhead, but does include unreimbursed patent expenses, legal opinions, and other services rendered to secure the asset and its related income. Invention income net of these typical costs is distributed according to the University Patent Policy, which as of this writing prescribes 35% to be shared equally amongst the inventors, 15% to UCSD Research, and 50% to be shared between the UCSD campus and the State of California's support of the UC system in general. No portion of invention income is withheld by the OIC.

Copyright income is distributed 33% to be shared equally amongst the authors, 34% to the home academic unit or department, and 33% to the campus. If authors and departments agree, an alternate copyright distribution is 85% to the research project and 15% to the campus.

Potential Benefits of Reporting an Innovation to OIC

Once you have reported an invention or copyright to the OIC, a senior member of the OIC staff will contact you and begin the process of assessing patentability and commercialization options. This process will include preparing marketing materials, identifying contacts within industry who may value your ideas, and developing a mutually agreeable commercialization plan which the licensee will commit to via a license agreement with the OIC.

Once the license agreement is in place, you may or may not be asked by the company to aid in the further development of your idea. This may come in the form of sponsored research back to your lab, hiring one or more of your former students, or asking you to participate as a consultant pursuant to University policies on Permissible Consulting.

Over time, your technology may reach commercial sales of products or services based upon your work. At this point revenues may begin to flow back to the University, a portion of which will be personal income to you, as well as support for further research in your lab and department.

Public Disclosure – What Researchers Need to Know?

Public disclosure of your ideas without protection is the number one way to limit or eliminate the patent potential for your work. International patent laws follow a first-to-file philosophy, meaning someone who saw your unprotected work could go and patent that work in countries outside of the U.S., without credit to you. Within the US, an unprotected public disclosure starts a 12 month countdown, after which no US patent rights are possible either. For clarity, public disclosure includes sharing your ideas with anyone not employed by the UC, or by the US Federal Government. Anyone else should see your work only after agreeing to a non-disclosure-agreement, which can be coordinated with the OIC. Although not a rule, most investors and companies will not productize ideas that can not be protected, as their considerable investment is often exposed to companies who will seek to quickly copy successful products.

If you are not sure what to do, disclose your invention to OIC as soon as possible and one of their senior staff will be assigned to assist you.

Reporting a New Invention or Copyright

To start the innovation evaluation process, report a new invention or copyright by submitting a disclosure form to our office.

Material Transfer Agreements (MTA)

To start the Material Transfer Agreement process, see the Material Transfer website.

UC Copyright Notice

This software is Copyright © 2XXX The Regents of the University of California. All Rights Reserved.

Permission to copy, modify, and distribute this software and its documentation for educational, research and non-profit purposes, without fee, and without a written agreement is hereby granted, provided that the above copyright notice, this paragraph and the following three paragraphs appear in all copies.

Permission to make commercial use of this software may be obtained by contacting:
Office of Innovation and Commercialization
9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0910
University of California
La Jolla, CA 92093-0910
(858) 534-5815

This software program and documentation are copyrighted by The Regents of the University of California. The software program and documentation are supplied "as is", without any accompanying services from The Regents. The Regents does not warrant that the operation of the program will be uninterrupted or error-free. The end-user understands that the program was developed for research purposes and is advised not to rely exclusively on the program for any reason.


UC Policies and Guidelines for Patents and Copyrights

Links to Other Resouces

The following are links to resources that OIC has found helpful in gathering information about specific industries, the business environment, start-ups, venture funding, entrepreneurship, business plans, etc. These sites provide a general view of the complexity and opportunity that awaits your invention.

Note: The sites linked below may be not-for-profit and offer free information. Others may be for-profit and provide their services on a for-fee basis. UC San Diego and OIC make no endorsement of these organizations or companies, nor are they responsible for the content of the sites.

General Information

Business Plans


Training Resources

Recommend Training Who Might Want to Take the Training
Patents & Patent Searching: UCSD Enrollment Central

UCSD faculty and staff who want to learn about the patent process and how to search the web for patent information

eMTA Training UCSD faculty and staff who transfer materials in or out of the university
IP Awareness Assessment Tool (USPTO.gov)

A web-based tool designed to assess intellectual property (IP) knowledge and provide personalized training resources for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and inventors.

IP Resources UCSD faculty and staff who would like to learn about university intellectual property

Crash Course in Copyright (University of Texas)

UCSD faculty and staff who would like to learn about copyrights

*Contact Mitchel.Foote@ucop.edu to obtain a current course enrollment key

How to Contact Us

We are located in Torrey Pines Center North (TPCN), 3rd Floor. 

Website: innovation.ucsd.edu

Mail Code: 0910
Phone: (858) 534-5815
Fax: (858) 534-7345
Email: invent@ucsd.edu

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