‘And Yet it Does Move!’ University Patenting and Licensing in Italy; Differences and Similarities in the Management of Technology Transfer Activities at European Level

12 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2009

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Andrea Piccaluga

MAIN Lab - Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna

Giuseppe Conti

Polytechnic University of Milan

Chiara Balderi

MAIN Lab - Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna

Massimiliano Granieri

University of Brescia - Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Date Written: June 28, 2009

Abstract

This study aims to analyse the patenting and licensing activities within the Italian university system moving from a reliable set of data. In particular, the aim of this paper is to represent – through the analysis of specific empirical evidence – the qualitative leap experienced by Italian universities over last years (period 2004-2007) in the field of the valorisation of the results of the scientific research. In order to address the research question, Italian TTOs’ patenting and licensing performances over the period 2004-2007 have been analysed and evaluated, by comparing them with corresponding evidence from other European countries. In particular, detailed annual data about the most important Italian universities’ technology transfer and patenting and licensing activities carried out by the TTOs have been collected by the authors through a specific national survey, promoted by Netval (the Italian university research valorisation network). This is the most updated, complete and reliable existing database on the issue of the research valorisation of scientific research carried out by Italian universities. With regard to the primary data about university patenting and licensing activities in other European countries, data collected through the annual surveys carried out in the same period at European level by ProTon Europe have been used with a specific focus on the results registered by the university TTOs in Spain, UK and Denmark. The empirical evidence shows that despite of technology transfer activities being quite recent in Italy if compared with other European countries, Italian TTOs’ performances are growing quite fast and are approaching European standards even if the same patenting and licensing activities are carried out within different conditions (legislative, financial and – of course – institutional framework). In fact, from the data processing, it has emerged that over the last few years the Italian university TTOs have significantly grown in terms of structure as well as of patenting and licensing performances. In our opinion this is a success story, achieved in a context which is far from being favourable to the national universities. Not only the financial resources of universities did not register any increase over the period surveyed, but also the university system as a whole has been heavily criticised.

Keywords: technology transfer, academic patents, Italy

JEL Classification: O32, O34

Suggested Citation

Piccaluga, Andrea and Conti, Giuseppe and Balderi, Chiara and Granieri, Massimiliano, ‘And Yet it Does Move!’ University Patenting and Licensing in Italy; Differences and Similarities in the Management of Technology Transfer Activities at European Level (June 28, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1426885 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1426885

Andrea Piccaluga

MAIN Lab - Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna ( email )

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Giuseppe Conti

Polytechnic University of Milan ( email )

Piazza Leonardo da Vinci
Milan, Milano 20100
Italy

Chiara Balderi (Contact Author)

MAIN Lab - Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna ( email )

Piazza Martiri della Libertà 24
Pisa, 56127
Italy
+39 050 883825 (Phone)
+39 050 883839 (Fax)

Massimiliano Granieri

University of Brescia - Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering ( email )

Via Branze, 38
Brescia, 25123
Italy

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