echnology transfer is the process of turning invention into impact. More specifically, technology transfer is the transition of institutional knowledge to the market in the form of technological inventions or creative works. At universities, the goal of technology transfer is to implement technologies and creative works for the public benefit.
The SDSU TTO strives to deploy the products of research in a way to have the broadest impact in San Diego, California, and beyond.
Technology transfer is a fundamental part of the mission of universities striving
to maximize the impact of their research. The TTO manages this process for San Diego
The Beginning of University Technology Transfer
In 1980, Congress enacted the Bayh-Dole Act, giving universities the ability to own the intellectual property (IP) produced by federal research. The Bayh-Dole Act also imposed upon universities the duty to commercialize that technology invented through federal research. It is the purpose of the TTO to commercialize the creation on behalf of SDSU.
Sometimes, this transfer involves patent protection for new, novel, and useful inventions,
or copyright protection for creative works, and it often involves licensing to industry
companies and small businesses to grant them permission to make use of the intellectual
SDSU's Technology Transfer Office was formed in 1998 to serve the needs of research faculty who saw the opportunity for their research to impact the community beyond the University’s labs and classrooms.
In fiscal year 2013-14, inventions commercialized and licensed by the SDSU TTO generated income exceeding $1 million, the proceeds of which benefit faculty, the University and research.