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Commercialising Public Research

New Trends and Strategies

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Public research is the source of many of today’s technologies from the GPS and MRI to MP3 technology. Public research institutions (PRIs) and universities are also an engine of entrepreneurial ventures from biotech start-ups to Internet giants like Google. Today, globalisation, open innovation and new forms of venture financing such as crowd funding are changing the way institutions promote the transfer and commercialisation of public researcher results.



This report describes recent trends in government and university level policies to enhance the transfer and exploitation of public research and benchmarks the patenting and licensing activities of PRIs and universities in a number of OECD countries and regions, including the EU, Australia, Canada, and the US.



Finally, it also showcases, based on case studies of leading institutions in Finland (Aalto Center for Entrepreneurship), Germany (Fraunhofer Institute), the Czech Republic (Technology Transfer Office of the Czech Technical University), Japan (open innovation in firms), United States (National Institutes of Health) a number of good practices for increasing the number of university invention disclosures, accelerate licensing contracts and promote more open innovation practices between universities and firms.

 

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Knowledge transfer channels and the commercialisation of public research

This chapter describes the main channels of knowledge transfer and commercialisation and discusses their “relational intensity” (i.e. the degree of interaction between knowledge creators and receivers), their significance to industry, the type of knowledge involved, and their degree of formality. It shows that there are multiple ways in which public research knowledge can be transferred, exploited and commercialised that go beyond patents, licenses and spin-offs. For example, personal contacts and labour mobility are important channels for knowledge transfer and commercialisation.

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