The Technology Commercialization Office connects business interests, sponsors, and
partners to innovative solutions by capitalizing on the university's world-renowned
faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities, centers, and institutes.
The Technology Commercialization Office (TCO
) is the primary resource for University of South Carolina inventors, industry partners, and entrepreneurs who share a passion for innovation.
If you are a USC inventor, our team will guide you through how to protect your invention.
If you are an industry representative, we will assist you in determining the most
efficient ways that your company can team up with USC researchers and use USC innovations
to add value to your bottom line. If you are an entrepreneur, we provide resources
on licensing USC technologies and pursuing SBIR/STTR funding. Whether you are interested
in accelerating your research or transforming your industry, TCO is here to help.
Disclose an Invention
Take the first step toward identifying, protecting, and managing your intellectual property. We'll advise and support you through important decisions regarding ownership, patents,
licensing, and other research and business opportunities available to you as an inventor.
To get started, submit your work using our online Invention Disclosure Form .
National Academy of Inventors
The University of South Carolina ranked among the top 100 universities around the
globe for number of patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for
2014, 2013, and 2012. NAI Report for 2014 [pdf]