Does Technology Transfer from Universities to Industry Contribute to Innovation?
Japan’s industry-academia collaborations started against the backdrop of economic stagnation. A variety of legislation was passed, leading to the birth of technology licensing offices and head offices of intellectual property. However, industry-academia collaborations really started to take off in 2004. That is why it is too soon now to determine whether technology transfer contributes to innovation in Japan. However, the prospects for the future look bright if we take into consideration the fact that the number of licenses from universities has now reached the level that the United States was at 20 years ago and is continuing to grow steadily. Furthermore, promising university-based startup companies (university spin-offs) are continuing to form, and technology transfer intermediaries are continuing to learn and grow. Thus, technology transfer from universities to industry is likely to contribute to innovation.
KeywordsIntellectual Property Technology Transfer Initial Public Offering Japanese Version Startup Company
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