Transfer and Licensing

We manage the protection, promotion and transfer of research results through patenting and copyright registrations, negotiation with companies and network generation.


What do we do?

The Transfer and Licensing Office of Universidad San Sabastian is constituted as a support for the entire university community, on issues related to intellectual property and knowledge transfer with impact on society. The new challenges posed by our institution guide us to encourage the development of science-based innovation, the generation of knowledge of our students and researchers, and at the same time to be protagonists of the future of our country.



To contribute to the social, economic and cultural development of our country by managing the protection, promotion and transfer of the new and the creations generated at the University in all areas of knowledge, with a regional focus, addressing the problems and opportunities in the territories in which Universidad San Sebastián has its campuses.



We aspire for Universidad San Sebastián to be recognized in the public and business sectors at the territorial, national and international level for the impact of the transferred technologies generated in its innovation ecosystem based on R&D.

Support to researchers

  • Technological characterization of the innovation (Scouting – Declaration of Invention).

  • Evaluation of the state of development of the Technology (TRL).

  • State of the Art Search (BEP).

  • Assistance in the Intellectual Property protection strategy.

  • Market Fit (Market Validation).

  • Transfer model design and implementation.

  • Business model design.

  • Management of agreements and contracts.

  • Partner Search.

  • Intellectual Property Protection. Declaration of Inve


  • Technology offer (commercial technology catalog)

  • R&D Contract Management

  • Identification of specialized USS Technical Team

  • Elaboration of confidentiality and material transfer agreements

  • Technology licensing

  • Invention Patent Applications

  • Software Registration

  • Trademark application and registration

  • R&D+i capabilities

Inventor's Guide

The Transfer and Licensing Office publishes “The Inventor’s Guide” which presents the processes of protection and transfer through licensing of a creation or invention generated at Universidad San Sabastian.

Intellectual Property Protection Process

Intellectual property rights are those that are conferred to individuals over the creations of their minds. They usually give the creator exclusive rights over the use of his work for a certain period of time.

Declaration of Invention Form

Any member of the University community who believes that an invention, development, creation or other intangible is susceptible to legal protection must communicate it by means of the Declaration of Invention Form in writing to the
University Transfer and Licensing Office (OTL USS). The form is a document containing a detailed description of the invention and is requested via e-mail to

Which are the types of protection?

In Chile there are 3 types of protection:

  • Copyright and related rights (Law No. 19,039): copyright includes all rights relating to the creation of works of human intellect in the literary, artistic and scientific domains, whatever their form of expression. Related rights protect the rights of performers over their performances.
  • Industrial property (Law No. 17,336), which includes patents, utility models, trademarks, geographical indications, industrial secrets and appellations of origin.
  • Plant varieties (Law No. 19,342): recognizes the right of any breeder, whether national or foreign, over his variety, granting him the exclusive right to multiply and commercialize the seed or plant of the protected variety during the term of protection.
What type of protection is suitable for my invention?

OTLUSS evaluates, with the participation of the inventor, the description of the innovation and determines the feasibility of protecting the intellectual property related to the invention. The OTLUSS defines the most efficient strategy to initiate the protection process, either via copyright or industrial property. It also analyzes the possible commercial applications (Art. 11, DR Nº37/2017).

Who owns what is created and what benefits does the autor obtain?

As a general rule, the University is the owner of all intellectual property rights over the creations of its employees or others. The above is provided for in the Intellectual Property Regulations of the University.
Art. 2 DR Nº37/2017). If the invention is commercialized and licensed, a benefit mechanism is established in favor of the Inventor addressed in the Intellectual Property Regulation (Art.14 DR Nº37/2017).

Protection Process

The protection process for industrial property is carried out before the National Institute of Industrial Property (INAPI) and for copyright and related rights it is carried out before the Department of Intellectual Rights (DDI). The terms and fees considered will depend on the type of intellectual protection. As a general rule, industrial protection requires more time and resources than intellectual protection. The protection process involves at all times the active support of the OTL, the participation of experts and the monitoring of progress until protection is obtained.

Spin Off

What is a Spin Off company?

It is a Company recognized by the University, in which it participates together with members of the university community or third parties whose exclusive purpose is the viable commercial exploitation of Universidad San Sabastian technologies.

What are the requirements for Spin Off initiatives?

It must comply with the following requirements:

  • That its exclusive purpose be the commercial exploitation of University Technology.
  • That the goods, services or technological advances developed at the University and made available to the market are innovative and viable.
  • That members of the University Community and/or graduates participate.
  • That the Spin Off entity or company be legally constituted as a Public Limited Company (S.A.) or a Joint Stock Company (SpA), or other corporate structure proposed by the OTL and approved by the Intellectual and Industrial Property Committee of Universidad San Sabastian.
How is the Spin Off approved and registered?

The procedure involves:

  • Submission of the proposal to the Intellectual and Industrial Property Committee.
  • The Committee must propose to the Rector the approval or rejection of the application submitted, within 60 days. If there is no pronouncement, it will be understood as rejected.
  • The Committee must resolve by means of a well-founded resolution. If the resolution is negative, it may include recommendations to remedy the insufficiencies. If a new presentation is made, it must be carried out within a maximum period of 30 days.
  • Once the application is approved by the Rector, the USS OTL enters it in the USS Spin Off companies registry, which it will keep for this purpose, with all the data related to its status and other information deemed necessary, which will be reviewed by the Committee to determine whether it is in full compliance with the Regulations.
How does the University participate in the Spin Off?

The participation of the University in the capital stock of the Spin Off company may be carried out directly or through a different legal entity, owned by the University, which may be constituted especially for this purpose.

The University may participate in the Spin Off in any of the following ways:

  • By financing its initial implementation and carrying out activities directly related to the Spin Off company.
  • Patents, technologies or know how provided by the University.
  • Contribution of assets or goods, rights, services or infrastructures, duly valued different from the technology or industrial property provided or any other contribution specified by the parties.

Guide for the creation of Science and Technology Based Companies (STBCs)

STBCs are those companies created with the purpose of commercializing the results of scientific research developed within the scope of universities and research centers, both in their explicit form (inventions and discoveries) and tacit (knowledge and expertise), and which are carried out by members of the university community.

From R&D to spin-off idea and proof of concept.

  • Identify the opportunity.
  • Fund the R&D of the technology.
  • Build a team of excellence and networking.
  • Understand what a spin off is.
  • Obtain university support.
  • Adopt international laboratory standards.
  • Get support to develop technology transfer strategies.
  • Develop a technology and market entry strategy.
  • Early business modeling: technology watch, research on barriers to entry (e.g., regulations in external markets).

From prototyping and validation to production and market entry.

  • Achieving technological maturity.
  • Building prototypes and MVP.
  • Protect IP.
  • Negotiate with the university.
  • Form the company and formally create the company.
  • Strengthen the team.
  • Finance the change of scale to produce and sell.
  • Build the value chain (supplier-customer).
  • Retain talent.
  • Validation of the business model.

Scaling and internationalization

  • Prepare the organization for growth and internationalization.
  • Identify regulations in different markets.
  • Raise capital to finance international expansion.
  • Develop the internationalization strategy.
  • Win customers nationally and internationally.
  • Adapt and re-validate the business model.