The State of Patenting at Research Institutions in Developing Countries: Policy Approaches and Practices

Economic Research Working Paper No. 4

Auteur(s): Pluvia Zuniga | Année de publication: 2011

This study discusses the opportunities and challenges offered by patents to foster technology transfer from government funded research institutions in developing countries. It presents a review of policy frameworks and recent policy changes aimed to foster academic patenting and technology transfer in low- and middle-income countries. It then analyzes patenting activities by universities and public research organizations and compares these trends with respect to high-income countries. This analysis is complemented with an assessment of the current state of patenting and technology commercialization practices in a selected group of technology transfer offices.

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