WIPO IP TOOLS FOR UNIVERSITIES

WIPO IP TOOLS FOR UNIVERSITIES

November 8, 2018

On Tuesday and Wednesday, November 6-7, 2018, in the Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Serbia in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Technology Transfer Center of Belgrade University, a seminar was held on the WIPO IP Tools for Universities, that have been developed by the WIPO in the course of this year.

After the introductory speech of Mr. Vladimir Marić, Director of the IPO, Mr. Saša Lazović, Asst. Minister in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development and Mr. Nenad Zrnić Proctor for International Cooperation of the Belgrade University, Mrs. Olga Spasić from the WIPO presented the tools in question which were the subject matter of the seminar lasting for two days. IP Tools for universities present different models for the defining of the IP policies, guidelines for their use and the improvement of the existing policies, as well as models for different contracts used in the processes of the technology transfer. It has been emphasized that these materials can also be used for raising capacities not only of academic institutions but also for the purposes of education of other important factors in the processes of technology transfer such as government institutions and national offices for intellectual property, small and medium enterprises, professional representatives for intellectual property as well as other organizations supporting the promotion of innovations in the framework of their mandate.

In the course of the first day of the seminar, the managers of the Serbian institutions, the Technology Transfer Center of the Belgrade University, the Institute for the protection of Plants and Natural Environment from Belgrade, and the Scientific Institute for Food Technologies from Novi Sad presented the conditions of IP policies in their institutions. After that, the topic included also the principles of “open science” discussed by the Director of the Innovation Centre of the Institute for Physics in Belgrade. In the continuation of the first day and in the course of the second day of the seminar, the foreign experts having experience in the business of Technology Transfer at Boston University - Mr. Ashley Stevens from the consultancy firm Focus from the USA, as well as Mr. Iain Thomas from the Cambridge University from Great Britain, gave practical examples to participants to gain insight into the practice of the evaluation of the technology through discussions with universities as well as the implementation of policies regarding IP at the universities. The participants from different universities and institutes had the opportunity, through team work on the second day of the seminar, to briefly go through the first phase in the technology transfer process by conducting interview with the inventors.