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Successful Technology Transfer Offices are Service Oriented

June 14, 2019
Collaboration requires a service orientation

I believe that the very structure of the (tech transfer office) TTO has a lot to do with its efficiency, effectiveness and service-orientation. Specifically, if a TTO is evaluated strictly on its annual income from inventions, it must necessarily select inventions with a short-term return. The TTO will hesitate to spend money to protect inventions unless they can identify likely licensees. Further, they will necessarily be biased against startups since the recovery of patent expenses will be even less likely in the short run.

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