Technology Transfer Agreements
The transfer of knowledge and information about technology can take place in two ways: informally through transfer of knowledge, and formally through technology transfer agreements (contracts).
Informal transfer of knowledge is becoming more and more important in the academic environment as the mobility of researchers and students is greatly contributing to the dissemination of knowledge worldwide. Knowledge can also be transferred through publications, teaching, conferences, courses, presentations, meetings, informal exchanges and personal contacts between scientists, academia and industry.
In the context of formal channels of technology transfer, there is no such thing as a standard contract or agreement. Some universities and research institutions propose standard models as part of their IP policies, but such models are only to be used as a starting point, a support or a tool, and need to be adapted to the specific circumstances and requirements of each case. It is crucial to consult an IP lawyer from the beginning of the negotiation and in particular when signing the agreement.