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Intervenientes na Transferência de Tecnologia Universidade-Empresa: o Caso PUCRS

Author(s): Lisiane Closs | Gabriela Ferreira | Cláudio Sampaio | Marcelo Perin

Journal: Revista de Administração Contemporânea
ISSN 1415-6555

Volume: 16;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 59;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: technology transfer | university-industry | patents.

Few studies have addressed the university-industry technology transfer (UITT) process in developing countries(Póvoa & Rapini, 2010); especially, in Brazilian private universities (Closs & Ferreira, 2010). This paper seeksto identify and analyze elements in processes involving academic patents through a case study investigatingresearchers and the TTO manager of PUCRS. Many results were similar to those identified by other national andinternational studies. Among the drivers that stand out are scientific challenges and competition to producepatents. An innovative environment was favored by institutional policies. Access to information structures,laboratories, skilled staff and multidisciplinary research groups favored invention. The existence of thetechnology park in the university also facilitated the dissemination of tacit knowledge between universities andcompanies. Reconciling research, teaching, and patenting with each other is an issue that requires specialattention, because researchers were essential to successful commercialization of academic technology. Wesuggest the creation of policies which allow researchers more time for UITT and developing their interpersonaland commercial skills.
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