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International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation
International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation


Special Issue on: "Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property"

Guest Editors: Professors Cherie Ann Sherman and Phil Anderson, Ramapo College of New Jersey, USA

Intellectual property (copyright, trademark, and patent) rights, once considered the bailiwick of a small group of elite researchers, are now the focus of corporations, universities and many small businesses around the globe. In the US, for example, almost all research universities now patent and license technology and even small colleges are becoming involved in this process.

This new focus has fostered the formation of startup companies, generated jobs, and created better relations between educational institutions and their communities. Germany and Japan are seeking to jump on this bandwagon, inspired in the US by the Bayh-Dole amendment. This legislation allows educational institutions, engaged in government funded research, to license their inventions to corporations, retaining a portion of the royalties generated. The option of an exclusive license is often an adequate inducement to encourage the private sector to undertake the risk of product development which public sector entities are not well-suited to pursue. Concomitantly, students are becoming increasingly aware of the commercial potential of their work and engineering and business curricula reflect a rising interest in entrepreneurship and product development.

The goal of this special issue is to investigate, describe, and evaluate the current role IP rights play in facilitating the transfer of technology. With this knowledge, organizations, as well as entrepreneurs, can identify and adopt a strategy to take advantage of IP rights.

Subject Coverage
We are looking forward to receiving contributions including, but not limited to, the following topics:
  • Innovation and intellectual property
  • Idea development
  • Cross-discipline and cross-university fertilisation
  • Commercialisation infrastructure evolution
  • Case studies in commercialisation
  • Start-up formation
  • Software and business method patents
  • Licensing issues
  • Revenue sharing
  • Students and intellectual property rights
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Union contract provisions concerning IP rights
  • Legislation and technology transfer
  • Sponsored research and external relationships
  • Public policy regarding IP rights
  • International issues

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Types of submission:

  • Position articles [3500-5000 words]
  • Research articles [5000-6000 words]
  • Empirical surveys [3000-5000 words]
  • Case studies [2500-5000 words]

Important Dates

Deadline for Paper Submissions: 15 May 2008

Review Deadline: 15 July 2008

Notification of Acceptance: 15 August 2008

Deadline for Revised Papers: 30 October 2008

Final Decisions: 15 November 2008