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Initial credits
00:06    |    
Aleks Merhle and James Thompson
00:17    |    
What is Technology Transfer (TOT)?
Technology Transfer (TOT) from a university perspective
Perks of Technology Transfer (TOT) in universities
00:57    |    
What is your opinion on implementing Technology Transfer (TOT) in universities?
Technology licensing, patents and intellectual property
01:35    |    
Is technology transfer between universities and industry unidirectional?
Roles of universities and industry in Technology Transfer (TOT)
02:25    |    
Who are the actors involved in Technology Transfer (TOT)?
The three groups of principal players in Technology Transfer (TOT)
Why do universities seek business involvement to achieve Technology Transfer (TOT)?
06:32    |    
Universities are shifting towards more active involvement in business. Is this a positive change?
Universities are the right venue for early-stage research, development, and commercialization 
Academia: Free-flow of information
Perceptions of the role of universities
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Publishing knowledge and knowledge ownership
Cooperation balance between participants
15:19    |    
Should subject matter experts patent their knowledge before publishing?
Patents precede publications for several reasons
Developing intellectual property is an incentive to developing patents
19:48    |    
Other than patenting, is there a way knowledge can be transformed into a product?
Center for Engineering Innovation 
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Do you participate in the interaction of companies with academia outside of patenting?
24:33    |    
Apart from what we've discussed, why is Technology Transfer (TOT) so important?
Indirect benefits of Technology Transfer
Unlocking the value of intellectual capital
28:35    |    
Words of appreciation
28:38    |    
Final credits



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Technology Transfer (TOT): Changing the Role of Universities

06 de junio de 2014   | Vistas: 39 |   Entrepreneurship Innovation Technology

In this interview, James Thompson and Aleks Merhle share their experiences on Technology Transfer (TOT), a form of symbiotic interaction between universities and industries. The concept is centered on bringing skills, knowledge, and methods that are created in universities, to the outside world and other institutions. The main purpose is to spread great ideas that are built in a theoretical setting, and convert them to practical applications that can generate revenue. Technology licensing is a vehicle that allows interested parties to build companies around innovative technologies, while protecting these ideas through appropriate patenting procedures. Universities create an idea, or a patent, that companies can build on to generate profit.

Thompson affirms that TOT has moved educational institutions towards a more active involvement in business, while contributing to the public good. The marvel of the technology licensing process lies in balancing knowledge, publishing, and ownership procedures so that both parties gain. Subject matter experts usually patent before publishing, for example, so that faculty members can accomplish their goals, while allowing for patent protection in the way. In the end, Merhle says, TOT is all about unlocking the value of intellectual capital and innovation. Future entrepreneurs are trained in the process. New, promising markets are found, and society benefits as a whole.







James Thompson is director of Engineering Team at the University of Utah Technology and Venture Commercialization Office. Has over 15…

Aleks Merhle is a licensing counsel at Sisvel US but has worked in guidance software and as a Fulbright Fellow.…

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