Title: An assessment of Canadian university technology transfer offices

Authors: Stuart J. Smyth; Alphanso Williams; Julian Vasilescu

Addresses: Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics, University of Saskatchewan, 51 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, Sask., S7N 5A8, Canada ' Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics, University of Saskatchewan, 51 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, Sask., S7N 5A8, Canada ' Industry Liaison Office, University of Saskatchewan, Suite 501 – 121 Research Drive, Saskatoon, Sask., S7N 1K2, Canada

Abstract: Reports from the past decade have reported that Canada is a highly innovative country, but suffers from a bottleneck in technology transfer and commercialisation. In fact, many of the reports give Canada a failing grade when it comes to the commercialisation of innovation technologies. With substantial investments into public sector research, such a problem would reduce the public good from government funding of innovative research. The objective of this article is to assess a Canadian university's technology transfer activities from 1998 to 2008.

Keywords: commercialisation; innovation; intellectual property; licensing; patents; profitability; Canada; university TTOs; technology transfer offices; public sector research; university research.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIPM.2016.079584

International Journal of Intellectual Property Management, 2016 Vol.9 No.1, pp.32 - 50

Available online: 30 Sep 2016 *

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