Intellectual Property and Commercialization
UC San Diego Office of Innovation & Commercialization
The UC San Diego Office of Innovation and Commercialization (OIC) is part of the Office of Research Affairs. The OIC has established a campus-wide innovation platform to build a systemic and sustainable innovation culture, to create a vibrant regional ecosystem, and to accelerate the commercialization of campus inventions.
Disclosures & Intellectual Property
Disclosing a technology or concept to the Office of Innovation and Commercialization is the first step in accessing the legal, entrepreneurial, and business resources available at the institution to protect, grow, share, license, or spinout your technology. To maximize the potential for your technology to be protected through a patent, it is essential to disclose as soon as possible (i.e. well before public presentation or publication).
Commercialization is the process of transforming an idea into a viable product or service that generates revenue. At its simplest, for a concept or technology to be viable for commercialization, there must be people or organizations willing to pay for the product or service in excess of the costs associated with providing that service or product.
Inventions generated at UC San Diego during the course of research may be owned in part by the University of California. There may be opportunities to license the invention to an outside entity for use, or the inventor may be interested in creating a business around his or her invention. Disclosing the invention to the OIC is essential for evaluating appropriate options for intellectual property and commercialization. There are a myriad of resources at UC San Diego to educate and support students, staff, postdocs and faculty on commercialization (see below).
Confidentiality & Non-disclosure Agreements
When working with industry sponsors of research, collaborators, or licensors you may consider or be asked to put into place an agreement to protect your and / or the company's confidential information. Non-disclosure
To learn more:
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Director, Corporate Affiliates, Business Development, Industry Outreach, and Innovation
UC San Diego, Office of Innovation and Commercialization
Assistant Director, Physical Science Licensing
UC San Diego Resources for Faculty, Staff, Postdocs, and Students