Intellectual Property (IP) refers to creations of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce (WIPO). IP gives you ownership over what you create.
CTIP's affiliates (e.g. USC Stevens Institute for Innovation for USC-based inventors, CHLA Office of Technology Transfer for CHLA-based inventors) can help you understand the IP landscape relative to your device and assess its general freedom to operate in the field. IP strategies include working around prior art, challenging existing patents, obtaining licenses, or avoiding wasted investment.
CTIP Patent Resources
Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering at USC (AMI@USC) - In addition to intellectual property and licensing management, AMI@USC provides expertise in regulatory, legal, and marketing. AMI@USC professionals provide free consultations to inventors and medical product companies seeking information including starting their own company, IP evaluation and market analysis, and commercialization. Those who wish additional assistance in maturing their inventions for commercialization can work with AMI professionals to pick and choose from a full menu of pre-launch products. AMI@USC provides consulting services to CTIP Investigators. Represented by Dr. Cesar Blanco (CTIP Steering Committee)
CHLA Center for Innovation (CFI) - CFI manages all intellectual property (IP) for the Children's Hospital Los Angeles, including: supporting CTIP Investigators with IP strategies; sourcing and securing novel intellectual property with commercial potential from its faculty and staff; and negotiating and executing IP licensing agreements. Led by Jessica Rousset (CTIP Co-Director)
USC Stevens Center for Innovation (USC Stevens) - USC Stevens works to commercialize promising technologies developed within the university by safeguarding ideas, securing intellectual property protection. USC Stevens focuses on the licensing of technologies, expanding industry collaborations, and supporting start-ups. Represented by Jennifer Dyer
USC Marshall School of Business: Center for Technology Commercialization (CTC) - CTC supports USC technology and entrepreneurship activities. The Center assists CTIP investigators in the areas of IP, business feasibility analysis, business planning, start-up financing, management team acquisition, funding preparation, and related issues. Led by Dr. Kathleen Allen (CTIP Steering Committee)
USC Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program - The Coulter program invites project proposals at all stages of development from concept to implementation for assessment including preliminary clinical need determination, technical assessment, market analysis, and team formation with relevant biomedical engineering faculty and/or clinicians. Led by Christine Matheson (CTIP Steering Committee)
Other Patent Resources
- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Web Patent Databases – U.S. patents issued from January 1976 through present are full-text search enabled. Patents from 1790 through 1975 are searchable only by patent numbers and current U.S. classifications. Full-page images are available for most patents from 1970 to present. A tutorial on how to use the database is available on the site. Note that issued patents and patent applications are in separate search fields.
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Official Gazette – Weekly publication to announce those patents being issued and those trademarks being registered or published for opposition. Users can search or browse from 1964 to present to stay informed regarding new patents and changes in the field.
Google Patent Search – Provides searchable access to the full text of the U.S. patent corpus to find patents of interest.
Free Patents Online – Allows quick searching through U.S. patents, U.S. applications, and European patents. The most useful aspect of the site is being able to download PDFs of actual patents.
- International Patents Databases
- Other Databases: Be sure to search PubMed and other medical sites for articles and abstracts, as well as perform general Google searches for more obscure references to relevant information.