Technology Transfer from Keio University: Development of Professionals Fostering Innovation over the Past Decade

  • Kenichi Hatori
  • Koichi Hishida


It has not been long since Keio University started university–industry collaborations and technology transfer as one of its mandates. The Japanese government had great expectation for universities to overcome the recession of the 1990s and quickly developed several measures to harness universities’ potentials. Keio established the Intellectual Property Center in 1998 as an internal office, almost simultaneously with other well-known Japanese universities. Thereafter, during the next decade, Keio gradually secured institutionally-owned patent applications and set about exploiting them and university–industry collaborations. The foundation for university–industry collaborations and technology transfer has accordingly been established and some successful examples can be found, but these collaborations have not reached the level of self-sustainability as with many other universities. However, not all university–industry collaborations are the same and should thus vary depending on the scale, nature, culture, and history of each university. This chapter looks back at some of the successes and activities of Keio and considers what universities can do to foster innovation for the benefit of society.


Intellectual Property Technology Transfer Patent Application Patent Cooperation Treaty Industry Collaboration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Science and TechnologyKeio UniversityYokohamaJapan
  2. 2.Headquarter for Research Coordination and Administration, Keio UniversityTokyoJapan
  3. 3.Department of System Design Engineering, Faculty of Science and TechnologyKeio UniversityTokyoJapan

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