Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer
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Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer

Edited by Jacob H. Rooksby

Written by leading experts from across the world, this Handbook expertly places intellectual property issues in technology transfer into their historical and political context whilst also exploring and framing the development of these intersecting domains for innovative universities in the present and the future.
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Chapter 19: A European perspective on intellectual property and technology transfer

James A Cunningham, Marco Romano and Melita Nicotra


In recent decades there has been a growth in European intellectual property and technology transfer. Focusing on the European Union we provide an overview of the European technology transfer and examine some of the empirical studies of the European technology transfer, as well as the value of university intellectual property. In particular, we focus on technology transfer offices, patents, and material transfer agreements. We also discuss the impact of university intellectual property on society and academic productivity and the cost of university intellectual property. In concluding our Chapter, we reflect on the removal of individual property rights or “professors privilege” and the implications of recent legislative changes on legal and technology transfer professionals in addition to outlining some future avenues of research.

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