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December 12, 2013


I think this is a great point for discussion, technology transfer is more than patenting and licensing. It is also more than focusing on patenting, licensing and start-ups.
It can actually be viewed as a method to transfer technology, expertise and ideas, so you have to really look at the whole spectrum of activities that would allow that to occur. Patenting, licensing, entrepreneurship, business development (industry sponsored research, partnerships, alliances etc.). I look at this in the following models:

Technology Transfer 1.0: Patenting and Licensing
Technology Transfer 2.0: TT1.0+Industry sponsored research, startup licensing & gap funding
Technology Transfer 3.0: TT2.0+Technology Development, Startup development, venture development and business development.

The question then becomes what is necessary to be effective in each of these areas. Some universities have some aspects of each of these in their respective offices, but don't do all of them. Consolidating these types of functions under one umbrella has several advantages including removing the focus on licensing revenue generation.

Entrepreneurs should know that Uncle Sam has programs like XTL and LEAF for them to use. http://alfidicapitalblog.blogspot.com/2014/01/xtl-accelerates-tech-transfer-while.html

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