Office of Commercialization and Industry Collaboration (OCIC)
Memorial Scholarship Fund for Dr. Andrew E. Byrd
Many people have asked about donations and a scholarship fund has been set up for Dr. Byrd that will be matched by the Mitchell-Moulton Fund. Donations may be made at: https://giving.southalabama.edu/byrd
New Processes for OCIC and Technology Transfer
Dear USA Principal Investigators and Inventors:
The Office of Commercialization and Industry Collaboration (OCIC) is instituting new procedures to better protect the Intellectual Property (IP) you are discovering and creating here at the University of South Alabama. Please remember the following procedures for submitting and handling potential IP:
- Always submit new discoveries, research, or potential publications to OCIC via the
Inventor Portal. Please submit the disclosure as early as possible to give us time
to properly review and protect the disclosed IP. If you do not have an account for
the Inventor Portal, you may request one at: https://www.southalabama.edu/departments/research/ocic
- Communicate only with OCIC staff (not outside lawyers) regarding your disclosure, patent application, or patent documents. Working through
our office keeps all parties aligned, allows you to focus on research, and helps controls
costs. We will always keep you updated and in the loop.
- When speaking with companies or potential collaborators, please keep OCIC updated. We can provide support, forms, and nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) to protect these communications.
In summary, the OCIC is here to support you and protect the university's IP. The more involved we are, the more help we can provide. The procedures set forth above are meant to expedite the IP disclosure and protection processes. We truly appreciate your assistance and are happy to discuss any questions you may have.
J. Hunter Adams
Acting Director, OCIC
University of South Alabama
The OCIC is responsible for managing the intellectual property assets of the University of South Alabama, while also serving as the point of contact for industry collaboration partners. We orchestrate the cooperation between university, industry and government stakeholders to develop faculty inventions into products on the market. Although patentable inventions constitute the majority of OCIC’s licensing activities, we also handle copyright, Tangible Research Property, Material Transfer Agreements, and Confidential Disclosure Agreements.