Important Notices for Inventors


Operational Procedure: Release of Patent Rights to Inventors
This memorandum applies to the release of patent rights to USC inventors so that they may commercialize their invention independently of the university. When allowed under law, this procedures applies when, after assessment and review, USC determines that release of the patent rights is preferred to USC commercialization.

View and download the patent rights memo.


Distribution of USC Software
This memorandum provides guidance to USC software developers — including faculty, staff, and students — on considerations for how to distribute USC-owned software. Such decisions can affect research collaborations, satisfaction of sponsor requirements, and the ability to patent inventions and software commercialization.

View and download the software memo.

View and download the related software exhibits.


USC Students and Postdoctoral Scholars
This memorandum on USC intellectual property summarizes the opportunities available to students and postdoctoral scholars for commercialization, along with rights and responsibilities.

View and download the student and postdoctoral scholar memo.