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Tech transfer more than just patents, says OECD

Governments should promote the commercialising of public research through non-traditional means such as student entrepreneurship, rather than relying on patents and licensing approaches, says the OECD.

In a report released on 11 December, the OECD states that alternative approaches including researcher mobility, contract research and consulting work are growing in importance for the commercialisation of public research from universities and research institutes. National leaders should therefore put more effort into strengthening the framework conditions for these to occur, states the report.

“Governments, research ministers and business must work more closely together to develop a more coherent set of policies for commercialisation and avoid overlap or duplication,” states the report. “Incentives for the transfer of knowledge commercialisation should not be limited to patents and licensing.”

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