World Intellectual Property Organization

Technology Transfer & Licensing

Technology transfer (TOT) is important for economic development. It can be defined as transfer of new technologies from universities and research institutions to parties capable of commercialization, or in the sense of transfer of technologies across international borders, generally from developed to developing countries.

Generally TOT consists of knowledge or IP rights that are:

  • licensed in the form of intellectual property,
  • the subject of formal consulting or training agreements,
  • communicated in the work place or research settings,
  • diffused by publication or other means.

WIPO supports its Member States by providing capacity building programs, offering, sustainable training programs and serving as a discussion forum on TOT topics.



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