The University of South Florida's (USF) Technology Transfer Office 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 was recently ranked in the Top 20 of American Universities for technology transfer by the prestigious Milken Institute. With 114 new utility patents issued in 2016, USF ranks fifth among American public universities and 11th among universities worldwide in generating new U.S. patents, according to the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO). This past year, the university had a record 133 license and option agreements, ranking 9th nationally among individually reporting schools (comparison to the most recent available published data – AUTM 2015 survey). USF also had 9 new startup companies in FY 2016, and has facilitated the formation of 50 startup companies in the last 5 years. TTO endeavors to educate and promote innovation, the result of which is products, jobs and technologies utilized in the public interest.